Historic hall opens its doors to teachers

Kelmarsh Hall
Kelmarsh Hall

Pre-school and primary school teachers are invited to an open afternoon at Kelmarsh Hall on Wednesday, October 9, to learn more about school visits to the hall’s gardens.

In the last three years, more than 1,000 children from Leicestershire and Northamptonshire have visited the historic walled kitchen garden to discover where their food comes from.

Hands-on activities in this outdoor classroom include taste testing, seed sowing, herb and bug hunts and identifying vegetables.

In 2010, Kelmarsh launched its Growing Kelmarsh project to bring the kitchen garden back to life, with help from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme. Education is one of the Kelmarsh Trust’s main objectives and the aim of school visits is to show children the value of healthy eating. One of the benefits of the programme is that it has given children who live in flats the opportunity to explore a garden and the natural world around them. In addition, the gardens are accessible for children with learning or physical difficulties. School gardening clubs are also welcome.

Teachers can discover more at the open afternoon between 1pm and 5pm when staff will be on hand to answer questions and explain the benefits of a visit to Kelmarsh gardens as well as the opportunities to visit the historic hall.

For more details call 01604 686543 or email visitors@kelmarsh.com.