Here at Hill Close Gardens we are lucky enough to have our own garden, created especially for small people, where children are invited to plant, water, weed and harvest fruit and vegetables in our raised vegetable beds. Children visiting the garden experience the changing seasons and, through planned activities, learn about life in the gardens. Nothing can be more fun than getting down on the ground, feeling the soil and leaves, planting seeds, digging for worms and harvesting the crops the children have planted. We encourage parents/carers to get involved in the activities and many of our regular visiting families know to all come dressed in waterproof clothing and wellies. After all, who can’t resist jumping in puddles!
Joe the Scarecrow looks after our Children’s Garden, taking care to not scare off the birds who come to visit. We make sure that the numerous bird feeders we have in the garden are full for our feathered friends who visit our garden. We are lucky to have had blackbirds nesting in our hedge for the past 3 years and so we are keeping our fingers crossed that they have enjoyed having the garden to themselves and will nest again in the spring.
Back in 2020, at the beginning of Lockdown, we were very fortunate in being awarded a grant from Warwick District Council to develop a sensory area in the gardens. We worked closely with Avondale Nursery to redesign the middle of the garden with a range of plants that can be enjoyed by all the senses – plants that look attractive, lovely to smell and nice to touch. We added a new bird bath, some stepping stones and two wonderful handmade wooden driftwood sculptures, each with a stained glass animal window – a hedgehog in one and a bee in the other. Oh, and two little hedgehogs.
We have also purchased a Mud Kitchen which is a great addition to the garden and with the donations of lots of pots, pans and general cooking utensils, the children are able to make quite a selection of mud pies, buns and cakes.
Our team of volunteers and staff are here to give the children and families in our local community the best experiences in our beautiful and historic gardens. Children and families can also explore the other plots at Hill Close, learn about the stories and history, the flowers and the plants. They can see the implements that have been used here since Victorian times and find a magical Secret Garden to explore.
We design education programmes and activities for pre-school, nurseries and primary aged children, tailor made to meet your curriculum requirements. We cover the changing seasons,…