Who are we?

Teaching and Education

Harry Wragg studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art. Since university Harry completed his Cert ED at OCVC teaching on the Art & Design courses. Whilst training to become a teacher Harry spent 3 years working with young people at youth centres in Banbury and Chipping Norton. Harry consolidated his teaching practice at Hillcrest Park School (Chipping Norton) for 7 years, delivering BTEC Level 1 Award and GCSE Art & Design. In this time he established and maintained a school allotment and facilitated an after school club in horticulture for 4 years.

Harry now works part-time at Sibford School teaching Horticulture to KS3 on a carousel curriculum and City & Guilds Practical Horticulture Skills to KS4.

Grow it Schools was established in 2017 as an extension for Harry’s passion to deliver teaching and learning on growing edible plants in schools and residential homes.

Working as a free-lance Horticulture Teacher;

“enabled me to provide a rich and nourishing gardening experience for young people in residential homes…”

“helped me reach out to provide inclusive experiences to adults from different backgrounds, working with groups from Leonard Cheshire and retirement homes.”

 

Gardening and Community Garden

With a passion for gardening and horticulture Harry has over 15 years experience of working on his own allotment in Banbury Town and has taken part in Local Produce shows. Working alongside other allotment holders and involvement in Banbury’s Community Action Group (CAG) Harry has been project lead for Bridge Street Community Garden project established in 2015. The project is sited between Bridge Street, canal and bus station in the town centre. Support from the local councils and authorities gave the CAG permission to develop a previously derelict unused area into a community gardening space. With over 20 raised beds, soft fruit area, seating and storage sheds, volunteers are able to grow a wide variety of seasonal vegetables.

This project received a £10,000 grant from Tesco in Spring 2016.

Harry has led regular weekly & fortnightly gardening sessions for the general public. Harry has also led gardening & outdoor cookery sessions with local groups such as Brownies, Girl guides and Beavers at the Bridge Street Community Garden.

To see any updates on the project follow this link for the facebook page or CAG website.