Alnwick Castle
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

What Will You Spend The Prize Money On?

What could your school do with £1,000? Day out; equipment or furniture?

Here are just a few suggestions as to how you can spend the prize money.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Visit the land of Harry Potter and have a lesson in flying your broomstick. Dress up as Lords and Ladies and play medieval games. Take part in a bloodthirsty battle and defend the castle. Other attractions are the castle state rooms, the Jurassic Garden, the Treehouse and various museums.

Beamish Museum, Co Durham
Lots of history here; an Edwardian railway station and the Pockerley Waggonway, showing what rail travel was like in the early 1800’s. A colliery and, from the early 1900’s, a pit village showing what it was like to be a miner. A north eastern market town from before the First World War. If you have a history overload head to the 1940’s farm to see the animals and the cottages the workers lived in in wartime and the air raid shelter they used.

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Visit the palace set in 2,000 acres of parkland; here you have history, wildlife, an ancient woodland and rural activities.

Camping and Outdoor Activities in the Lake District
Come and visit us here in the Lake District. Stay at Great Tower on the shores of Lake Windermere; you can either camp or stay in the lodges. There are lots of activities to choose from: rock climbing, abseiling, archery, nature walks in the woodland, canoeing, sailing and walking.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Wander round the historic house and gardens; if you need a little respite from all that exercise head for the farm where you can rest and cuddle the animals. There is also an adventure playground where you can burn off any excess energy.

Chester Zoo, Cheshire
Chester is one of the UK’s largest zoos with around 12,000 animals and 110 acres of gardens. The butterfly house is the largest zoo-based butterfly house in the UK.

Dinosaur Adventure Park, Norfolk
This adventure park is a fun-packed day out with play areas, a race track, dinosaur trail, crazy golf, a treehouse, maze, secret animal garden, sky wire and when all this exercise gets too much sit back and go on a deer safari.

Eden Project, Cornwall
This project is a charity which not only has various plant habitats from around the world but has specifically tailored educational workshops. There are also adventure activities if all this learning gets to be too much.

Hampton Court, Surrey
Visit this historic house and gardens on the banks of the Thames, just make sure you don’t get lost in the maze! There are various activities going on throughout the year so just check their website for details.

Kew Gardens, London
Kew is the world’s foremost botanical garden with 300 acres of gardens, parkland and glasshouses, showcasing around 30,000 plants from around the world. There are hands-on experiences designed especially for schools where one of the objectives is learning about threatened rainforest habitats. Take a walk along the treetop walkway 59’ above the ground and wander the parkland where there are many species of birds waiting to be spotted.

Life Science Centre, Newcastle
This venue offers hands-on experiences, shows, demos and exhibitions all designed to make learning about science fun. There is a 4D motion ride and a Young Explorers’ Zone for the under 7’s.

Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
There are 200 acres of gardens, one of which is the jungle garden and rope bridge. You can go wildlife watching or attend one of the many changing seasonal events; see their website for details.

National Marine Aquarium, Devon
This is the UK’s largest aquarium with an interactive dive show every afternoon. They can tailor-make sessions to suit your learning objectives. You can also wander around historic Plymouth and take a nature walk along the coast.

Natural History Museum, London
There is an enormous amount to see in this world acclaimed attraction, most notably the dinosaurs. There are specifically tailored schools events with hands-on experiences. There are also seasonal exhibitions.

Paignton Zoo, Devon
A fun day out with over 2,000 animals, an indoor play area, the Jungle Express train and 6 wildlife habitats showing how the various species interact in their natural environment.

Science Museum, London
This is a learning event disguised as fun with hands-on and interactive experiences. There are robots, shows, stories and an IMAX theatre.

Snettisham Park, Norfolk
This is a fun day out where you can learn about and get close to friendly farm animals. Travel around the grounds on a deer safari.

Whipsnade Zoo, Kent
A fun day out learning about threatened species; see eye to eye with giraffes or meet with lions, tigers and elephants.

You could also buy gardening equipment if you have gardening classes, benches for around the school grounds, science equipment, gym equipment, books for the library; the list is endless and I’m sure you can soon find a way to spend the prize money!

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