WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID

'This garden gives our children an opportunity to discover where our food comes from... and how magical soil can be.'

MICHAEL GOVE

Former Secretary of State for the Environment

'This garden is a wondrous thing... I would love it if every child had the opportunity to grow and explore their relationship with the earth and with nature whilst at school.'

Helen Browning

CEO of the Soil Association

'I wholeheartedly commend the work of Arcadia and their Growing Space project. The gardens at Christ Church and St Helen’s Kensington are a delight and an inspiration, at a time when we need more than ever to learn how we can provide for our needs in collaboration with the natural world, rather than rivalry and exploitation.'

Brian Cuthbertson

Head of Environment and Sustainability, Diocese of London

‘Growing Space by Arcadia Charitable Trust and all the winners can be proud of their achievements – action to tackle the climate and environmental crises we face requires business and industry, civil society and our politicians to step up and lead the transformation and change needed’.

Sarah Mukherjee

CEO of IEMA

'How thrilled and impressed Roald would be by your projects that inspire school children to enjoy gardening. He of course loved his garden, especially growing vegetables.'

Mrs DAHL

Roald Dahl

'The Growing Space at Christ Church has transformed our South Garden. It’s now a beautiful space used by so many in our congregation. It could not have been possible without the initiative of the Growing Space team. We are really thankful for the transformation they have achieved.'

Christ Church Kensington

'The Growing Space at Christ Church is a fantastic resource, which encourages children to take an active role in the process of planting and growing a large variety of plants. The space has been really well designed to be a practical and engaging area for teaching and learning to take place out of the classroom. The Growing Space is also developing into a place where the whole local community can take an active role in championing sustainability and biodiversity.'

Thomas's School, Kensington

Jo Ebner

'What a joy it has been to watch the Growing Space garden flourish, and become a magical space for children and adults. The teachers at Gardens Montessori have so enjoyed observing the children's excitement as they watch the seeds they have planted become flowers, fruits or vegetables. They have tasted the vegetables, made stews and herb teas, and have particularly enjoyed eating the fruit, especially the strawberries. The Forest School has given them the opportunity to track insects, listen to birds, and to explore all the properties of mud! It is an enchanting, ever-changing space, and huge thanks to Pascale and her helpers.'

Gardens Montessori

Felicity Marrian

'Growing Space holds a very special place in my heart since I have discovered this hidden gem when teaching at Victoria Road Gardens Montessori nursery in 2015. At that time it was a wilderness area, where we started to run Forest School sessions. Later Arcadia Charitable Trust transformed the space into a beautiful edible fully sustainable and organic woodland garden, where I love spending time with my three children, planting seeds, hunting bugs and worms, tasting herbs, harvesting fruits and veg and collecting wonderful memories in nature. 
I feel honoured and grateful to be a family ambassador at this constantly evolving and flourishing Growing Space!'

Desiree Boyneburg

Family Ambassador

'Volunteering at the garden is really fun. There’s always such a cheerful atmosphere, and I am learning a lot about gardening. There are new things to do every week, such as planting flowers or weeding the flowerbeds. I particularly enjoy trimming the leaves so that more tomatoes or squashes can grow. It’s really satisfying seeing the garden develop and grow after hard work'

Anna

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer

'Our children are always excited to visit the garden and we find the courses to be very informative and fun. The teachers are very
well prepared and are very good at transferring that information to the children. We’ve been recommending it to our friends and look forward to attending more courses in the future.

We feel that the Growing Space has become an integral part of the local community and very much look forward to its future development.'

Feng Ze Yeh  

Family ambassador