About SGGN

Whether you already have a food growing garden or are planning one, the School Global Garden Network will help you make the most of your edible classroom. This website is a doorway to a cornucopia of resources which show how the school garden can be a resource for the whole curriculum, as well as the Sustainable Schools strategy, Healthy Living Blueprint and global citizenship.

From simple 'how-to' guides on building beds with sustainable materials and growing fruit and vegetables, to photopacks on school gardens in Uganda, there is something for the novice and expert.

This portal provides a feast of ideas for making the link between the carrots and spuds you grow in your school allotment or growbag and themes such as climate change, water conservation and the history of farming and food around the world.

The Network is building a learning community from the schools and organisations around the country that are committed to developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes that children will need to make them active global citizens, best prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century. We are also making links with similar networks around the world, to share ideas and experience.

The Network is for schools that already have gardens or are planning to develop one from scratch.

  • Discover how your garden can be used to explore cross-curricular themes, the global dimension… and every area of the National Curriculum
  • create low carbon gardens which support the Sustainable Schools framework
  • grow fruit and vegetables sustainably
  • make the links between your school garden and global issues such as food security, climate change, trade justice, Peak Oil
  • find out how people grow food around the world
  • understand the 6 Rs - rethink, refuse, reuse, reduce, repair, recycle
  • explore the importance of plants and food in history and culture around the world

The Schools Global Gardens Network is coordinated by Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and aims help schools to create rich learning environments that support every area of the curriculum including the global dimension.

It is a partnership with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, Food for Thought, Garden Organic, Practical Action, RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Roehampton University School of Education. It receives funding from the Department for International Development (DFID).

Did you know?

My wild ancestors originated in Afghanistan over 3000 years ago

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I originated in the South American Andes mountains

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I originated in Southern Europe and Western Asia around 2000 BC ago

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I am part of the rose family and native to Central Asia.

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I am the world’s most important salad plant.

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I come from the Andes Mountains and was first cultivated about 7,000 years ago.

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I originated in South and Central Asia dating back to 3500 BC.

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Scientists are unsure whether I originated in Central Asia, Ethiopia or the Mediterranean.

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I originated in Central and South America

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My wild ancestors are fond throughout Asia and Europe.

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I am a delicious fruit, native to Eastern Asia, with wide culinary and medicinal uses.

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I originated in Persia (modern day Iran) and spread to China around 600AD.

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My small wild ancestors are found in temperate areas all over the Old World.

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I am native to the Central Americas and was first domesticated in Mexico, by at least 2600 BC.

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I am native to the Americas and was cultivated by the Aztecs as early as 700 AD.

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