Learning outdoors at Beningbrough

Children with two volunteers planting vegetables in a raised bed

Taste, touch, smell and get dirty in the Beningbrough garden with our gardens programme pot, plot, park and plant where we explore the journey from pot to plate and investigate how plants and people work together.

How does your garden grow?

With over 300 acres of land, Beningbrough is the best place to explore the great outdoors.  

Growing plants from seed is fun
Small children potting up seedlings at the potting table


Learn the secrets of the trees

Beningbrough boasts a rich and plentiful collection of different trees. Children can learn how to identify them by their different leaf shapes and have a go at bark rubbing exploring the different patterns and textures.  

Many of Beningbrough’s trees are over 150 years old. How do we know this?... all will be revealed (clue - counting the rings on the tree is not the only way to tell how old it is).

Learning all about the secrets of the trees
Children measuring the width of trees

What’s (growing) for dinner?

Our garden workshop invites children to have fun in the outdoors and learn about what grows around them. Whilst investigating what’s growing in the walled garden and might be tasty for dinner, the children learn about sustainability and the importance of growing your own.

Potting up seasonal plants they learn what seeds need to grow and the challenges involved in growing your own food.

At the end of the day they’ll even be able to take what they’ve planted home to continue the class in their own time.


Details at a glance:

Science Curriculum – life cycle of plants; careful observation, measuring and processing of data; health and nutrition; sustainability
KS1 and KS2 
Whole or half day programme
Max 40 children

Garden trails are available for afternoon sessions and access to the parkland is free and available to be used at your leisure.

Get in touch

To talk through your workshop requirements in more detail and for booking information please contact the Learning Officer or call 01904 472027.

We can also coordinate your education group membership to support your school or education group’s ongoing learning. Membership not only entitles you to enjoy unlimited visits to National Trust sites for a full year; as a member, at Beningbrough you can also book to attend one of the workshops that are offered free of charge.