I've started helping with the school allotment at my daughter's school - there tends to be a flurry of planting, but not much interest in tending/weeding/watering...I was wondering if anyone had any good tips on activities that might get teachers as well as children more interested in using the school garden on a regular basis? I've looked at the RHS School Gardens scheme which has some good resources, but wondered what others have tried? Thanks!
The Autumn and Winter terms are the hardest - as obviously likely to be more cold and grotty.
We work with many schools and those that manage to keep their gardening clubs running all year tend to tie it in with cooking as well - so on those grotty afternoons the children can make chutney or preserve some of their crops.
As you say the RHS site is excellent. You may also want to look at the Growing Schools website http://www.growingschools.org.uk/ - and in particular the resources section.
Their year planner is a real starter blueprint http://www.growingschools.org.uk/calendar/
On the growing and cooking front, Jamie Oliver is working on the Kitchen Garden Project. In it infancy at the moment the long-term plan is fantastic - so it may be worth signing up your school's interest in this at http://www.jamieoliver.com/kitchen-garden-project/ or following things on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JamieOliversKGP
Finally, money can be tight with schools for gardening projects. To this end we at Victoriana give a 20% discount on all seeds and plants to schools - details can be found at Discounts For School Gardening Clubs . We also offer a free email / telephone advice service for schools - so get in contact if you wish.