The Country Gate blog started when I was at home with my three young children. Away from the cut and thrust of work I was free to enjoy the great outdoors, the garden and the kitchen in a leisurely way. But a teacher has a passion to educate and it wasn’t long before I was writing and delivering allotment-based family learning programmes for Health Authorities, developing hands -on activity days on the Romans, the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons for primary schools and designing innovative resources for a number of agencies including the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4′ . I have written three education packs for The Abington Park Outdoor Classroom project and devised Our Flower Patch, a flexible outdoor educational programme, which was developed in partnership with flower farmer and former primary school teacher Sara Willman.
Times change. My children are now teenagers; I am back in the classroom and the garden is once more an escape from the stresses of day to day life.
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