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Growing Ideas and Wingrave School Partnership

Growing Ideas and Wingrave CE Combined School in Bucks have confirmed a curriculum development and support partnership that will run for the rest of the school year (2012-2013). This exciting new project will see Growing Ideas supporting the planning and delivery of the creative curriculum across all of the year groups for the spring and […]

Growing Homes 2012 Funding in Place

Our partnership for our 2012-2013 Growing Homes project is now in place. This is the start of a brand new and very exciting, four-way partnership project between Growing Ideas Ltd, Southern Housing Group, the Isle of Wight Council and the Hampton Trust. Funding from Southern Housing Group and the Adult and Community Learning Grant Programme […]

7 Tonnes of Raised Beds!

The Growing Ideas raised bed construction team took delivery of nearly 7 tonnes of wood to kick start raised bed delivery for 2012. That’s enough wood for 100 or so brand new beds. As well as installing them as part of our award winning Growing Spaces project we’re taking an increasing number of orders for […]

Raised Beds for the Ryde Foyer

The Growing Ideas raised bed team today worked with members of the Foyer’s Gardening Club in Ryde to install a set of bespoke raised beds in their gardens. The Foyer provides accommodation and support for young people aged between 16-25 who are in need of housing or are homeless. We worked with the young people […]

Community Training Events

As part of our ongoing delivery of the Growing Spaces project the Growing Ideas community learning team have delivered a series of hands-on soup making demonstrations at venues across the Isle of Wight. Members of the community got the chance to watch the demonstrations and to find out tasty ways to make use of the […]

Growing Spaces 2011 Training Events

Growing Ideas are currently running the autumn community drop-in support sessions for? Growing Spaces 2011. Six sessions in locations across the Isle of Wight (Ryde, Newport and Cowes) will include training and advice on healthy cooking, preserving and pickling – all focused on the produce from residents’ own raised bed. Fruit Tree Giveaway Project participants […]

Growing Ideas Wins Growing Homes Funding Bid

Growing Ideas has been awarded grant funding by the Isle of Wight Council’s Adult and Community Learning Service to deliver a training project in a hostel for the homeless. The project, provisionally named Growing Homes, has been put together in partnership with Southern Housing Group and will achieve the following: Conversion of an underused and […]

Raised Beds for Community Centre

The Growing Ideas raised bed team today installed a selection of raised beds at the Downside Community and Learning Centre, Pan Estate, Newport. The raised beds include a couple of our double-height design, specifically aimed at supporting the disabled and elderly during their gardening. These raised beds were put in as part of our award […]

Growing Ideas and the NHS Change4Life campaign

We ran our first ever day of activities for the Isle of Wight’s Passport2Fun programme. The programme is part of the NHS Change4Life campaign and aims to help children and their families achieve a healthy weight as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. A day of outdoor Survival sessions made sure that everybody concerned got […]

Ryde Summer Fun

Growing Ideas are working in Partnership with Barnardo’s once again this summer to provide a range of educational activities, with a heavy emphasis on fun, in a number of primary schools in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The schools we are collaborating with are Oakfield Primary School, Haylands Primary School and Greenmount Primary School. There are […]

Really Wild Fridays

The Growing Ideas annual Really Wild Fridays collaboration with Robin Hill has started for 2011. A Growing Ideas team of six spent the day putting on a range of educational, creative and (most of all) fun activities for the general public. We worked with hundreds of families throughout a long and rewarding day. Activities include: […]

Isle of Wight School Trip Activities

The Growing Ideas primary school team ran our first set of Isle of Wight School Trip Activities today. An exciting morning of adventurous, team-building activities for the staff and 55 children from Worplesden Primary School, Surrey, made this a really memorable day of their trip to the Isle of Wight. All the children and staff […]

Growing Ideas on the Big Screen in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square

Apparently the Growing Ideas team have also made it onto the big screen in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square thanks to our creative learning project with Gomer Infants School, Compulsive Productions and Creative Partnerships back in January and February 2011. We haven’t managed to see the video on the big screen yet but if you do please […]

Yet More Community Raised Beds

After our absolutely fantastic May during which we installed 76 brand new raised beds and supported 76 new households as part of Growing Spaces project, we are (very) pleased to announce that a further 30 beds will be created in June. Target areas are Newport, Cowes and Ryde on the Isle of Wight. That’s going […]

Growing Ideas Business Challenge for 6th Formers

Kevin McNamara of Growing Ideas and Richard Quigley (Corries Cabin, Cowes) went to the Isle of Wight College today to work with a group of 6th form Business A Level students. Kevin and Richard have been assigned a group of budding marketeers who have just three weeks to come up with a real-world marketing strategy […]

A New Community Raised Bed Record

The Growing Ideas team broke all previous records when they installed and filled the 76th bed of the month (May) today – that brings the running total for this year to nearly 150 beds and that’s an annual record too. We have now given some 400 island households the chance to change their lives via […]

South Today and Growing Ideas

The Growing Ideas team were on the BBC’s South Today programme while delivering our award winning community project, Growing Spaces. Sadly, the programme is no longer available on BBC iPlayer but feedback has been coming in thick and fast, particularly from the students at Medina High School, Newport, where Kevin McNamara and Danny Giblin have […]

Record-Breaking May

Growing Ideas will be aiming to make, install, fill and support 80 new raised beds during May 2011. This represents the largest number of raised beds ever installed in a single month during the four years that we have been delivering the award winning Growing Spaces project. New staff have been taken on to enable […]

West Wight Problem-Solving

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Ways Forward Extended Schools organisation in the West Wight the Growing Ideas team put on a special, Easter holiday,?Problem Solving Challenge Day today. Ways Forward runs the Extended Schools programme for West Wight and brought us in to run a series of challenges designed to test the […]

Growing Ideas New Website

At long last we are testing the new website – please be patient while we discover and work out the bugs!