Education and Enterprise

Enhancing education for all younger people across the North East of England

Roots & Shoots Healthy Living Project

This project delivers education around living a healthier life including how to grow, harvest and cook with fresh produce.

Each year, our Roots and Shoots Garden provides 200 children from 10 schools with their own plot to plant and cultivate seasonal fruits and vegetables. Beginning in March, the pupils not only learn about gardening but also healthy eating, cooking and exercise. These plots and their magnificent hand crafted scarecrows are available for all visitors to view in the Roots and Shoots garden.

The Poison Garden Drugs Education Project

We use specific guided tours of our Poison Garden to help young people to understand more about the effect that drugs, derived from various plants, can have on their bodies and minds. The Project aims to help young people to make informed choices and to understand more about the implications of drug-misuse.

Young Gardeners

This is a programme for young people with additional needs and their families. It will enable us to utilise the Garden in different ways and offer specific opportunities to learn and develop a range of skills relating to horticulture, with an emphasis on providing them with practical, hands-on gardening experience.

The Enterprise Programme

We offer a range of projects within our Enterprise Programme – with the aim that every young person in Northumberland has the chance to succeed. This includes working with local schools on Virgin Money’s ‘Make £5 Grow’ programme, The Employability Programme in partnership with Barclays Life Skills.


The Alnwick Garden is now a Children’s University destination.

This means if you are registered as an individual or through a school you are able to have you passport stamped after your visit with us.

The Alnwick Garden is more than a garden; it is a registered charity that places people at its heart, whether they be individuals or part of the wider local community.

Where else could you marvel at the sight of a meerkat riding a camel in front of a Grand Cascade with 120-water jets, before taking lunch at one of the largest wooden treehouses in the world, nestled 18 meters above the ground?

The Alnwick Garden has many educational programs specifically for young explorers. These programmes include; Roots and Shoots, The Poison Garden, Drugs Education Programme, Young Gardeners, Den Building, Art in the Garden and a successful Enterprise Project. Come along and explore what The Alnwick Garden has to offer, bring your passport along to be stamped at our information desk or with our budding artist team in the Crafty Cottage.

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Contact us

Contact reception on 01665 511350 and ask for Toni or email TONI.DUNN@ALNWICKGARDEN.COM for more information on these projects.

2018 Young Gardener Application