Manorfield Primary School

Gardening at Manorfield

meet our gardener-in-residence, jennie rickell


Jennie joined us at Manorfield in September 2019. She worked as a classroom teacher in primary schools across London for several years before specialising in teaching plant Science and gardening. She developed her specialist knowledge and skills when working as Education and Community Manager at Chelsea Physic Garden, the 2nd oldest botanical garden in UK, where she taught children and adults how useful plants are in our everyday lives. She has a special interest in how to grow food and plants as medicines, so find her in the Edible Playground if you have a growing query or plant-related question. 


The vision

  • Through work with highly-skilled professionals, we develop a school community with a passion for gardening.  All children learn the skills and knowledge of gardening through a progressive curriculum.

  • Children develop a core understanding of food growing and its place within a wider eco-system.  They learn how food production impacts on the environment and how good decision making can create a more sustainable future for our planet.

  • Our gardening programme inspires children’s curiosity for botany, exploring plant growth from a wide-range of habitats, species and climates across all seasons.

  • We create links across the whole curriculum, including history, geography and science links, with horticultural elements in every project.

  • All children leave Manorfield with a rich-connection to nature, having had the opportunity to become an expert in gardening with a life-long love for the natural world.

Want to know what you can grow at home this month?

Click here to view our Gardening at Home page.