Handbooks, Guides, Reports and Plans

Big Butterfly Count.

A step-by-step approach to identifying butterflies in your area and assisting in a national analysis. Why count? Because "butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses."

Building Local Food System

A handbook by Food Matters organisation aimed at local and ethical food consumption

Download: Building Local Food System (PDF format)

Composting for Kids

This is an article that teaches children about Biology, Health, Nutrition, Agriculture & Sustainability all through Compost...And kids of all ages love getting their hands dirty.

Eco friendly packaging and catering

An international manufacturer of "catering disposables...that are made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, recycled or reclaimed materials, and can all be commercially composted with food waste where accepted".

Eden Project Communities

Inspirations and ideas for where you live, for example how to get involved to creating some delicious recipes.

Eden Project School Lesson Plans

Teacher plans for all ages and abilities from simple observation and drawing to basic science and nurturing through to reporting and presentation.

Food Growing in Schools Taskforce Executive Summary, March 2012

Executive summary of The Food Growing in Schools Taskforce, led by Garden Organic, established as a response to increasing concerns about the health and well-being of our children and young people, and a confidence that food growing in schools is a successful way of dealing with these concerns, delivering many benefits.

Aim of this document is to clearly describe the many benefits, identify challenges, and showcase best practice. Document is a set of simple recommendations that will support schools to enable and embed food growing in every school, in practical and affordable ways.

How To Make a Herb Spiral

Growing your own herbs is a great way to enliven your home grown diet and stay fit and healthy. A herb spiral is one solution for herb growing that you could consider for your garden. In this article we will examine this idea in a little more depth, and you will learn how to make a herb spiral in your garden.

Impact of School Gardening on Learning

This report presents the findings from the qualitative study made by National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to assess the impact of school gardening on children’s learning and behavior. Findings are based on a representative sample of ten schools participating in the Campaign.

Natural Solutions For Tackling Health Inequalities

Report by that focuses on heath inequalities, their causes and (natural) solutions. This report sets out: 1. The evidence on health inequalities and the contribution which the natural environment can make to improving health outcomes 2. The challenges and priorities for practitioners, academics and policy makers from across the health and environment sectors, at both national and local levels, to better utilise the natural environment to help tackle health inequality. 3. Recommendations for future, collaborative action by the health and environment sectors


A practical guide for promoting community gardens in their local area.

Re-framing the great food debate: The case for sustainable food

“This report argues that ideas around local food have played a key role in the ‘great food debate’ that has taken place in the UK over the last two decades. As such, the local food movement has been extremely useful in raising awareness and helping to shape public discussion about the future of food.”

The Grab 5! School Food Policy website

The Curriculum Pack website is intended to provide practical information advice and tips for schools wanting to encourage pupils to eat more fruit & veg.

The School Food Plan

A complex plan (not a traditional ‘report’, or a set of recommendations to the government) to deal with problems with school food, like food in school canteen, low numbers of pupils who eat at school canteens, plan for school cooking lessons and many more. Plan present the things that need to happen to transform what children eat at school, and how they learn about food.

Download: The School Food Plan (PDF format)

Trees for Cities - School Resources

Curriculum guides for Year 1 to Year 6 pupils on how to benefit from growing plants and vegetables on the school premises.

Wellbeing Newsletter 16 April 2020

Wellbeing Newsletter from Reading Borough Council

Download: Wellbeing Newsletter 16 April 2020 (PDF format)