Environment

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Growing Ideas New Website

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

Growing Spaces Latest Video

The latest Growing Spaces video is now available – it’s been created by Sassy Productions and can be viewed here: or by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joGIutZNK2w Growing Spaces is a community raised bed project Growing Spaces delivered by Growing Ideas Limited in partnership with Medina Housing Association.

Huge Raised Bed at Oakfield Primary School

We installed the oversize, double length raised bed at Oakfield Primary School today that we planned with the parents, staff and children earlier in May. Working with families directly in their own homes as well as via their children at school are vital elements to the Growing Spaces project. We also managed to bury our […]

Growing Ideas and Gifted and Talented on the Isle of Wight

Growing Ideas ran the first of our Gifted and Talented days for primary and middle school children at Newport Primary School on the Isle of Wight. The theme for the day was Renewable Energy and two large groups of children took part in a series of problem solving and design challenges focusing on Solar Power […]

Growing Ideas, Growing Spaces and Volunteers

The residents of a sheltered housing project in Ryde were the lucky recipients of nearly 8 tonnes of topsoil and compost today. The team from Growing Ideas, working with a pair of volunteers, shovelled, barrowed and tipped all the soil during a day of unending torrential rain. Despite wearing waterproof tops and trousers Kevin McNamara […]

Growing Ideas and Growing Spaces 2009

Today sees the start of the first fortnight of raised beds construction as part of our Growing Spaces project – the team will be working on the Pan Estate, Newport and in Ryde, both on the Isle of Wight. These raised beds represent the first steps of what will be four years of delivery of […]

Growing Ideas’ Learning Resources

Growing Ideas, a brand new company specialising in the design and delivery of education and community projects has started to take delivery of a vast range of learning resources. They are designed to support the delivery of innovative learning opportunities in schools and community settings across the Isle of Wight and the south of England. […]

Creation of Growing Ideas Limited

The brand new company, Growing Ideas Limited, based on the Isle of Wight was formed today. Growing Ideas will specialise in the design and delivery of education and community projects on the island and across the south of England. The directors of the new company are Kevin McNamara and Danny Giblin and they report that […]