ENGLISH THROUGH GARDENING was created to meet the needs of our partners in the REEP McLAREN Scholarship. Every two years this scholarship enables three early-career gardeners in Morocco, Britain and Spain to spend time together in one of their countries creating a garden in association with a local organisation. They also visit notable garden sites, especially historical ones.
Sometimes other volunteer gardeners become involved – for example at a project in Marrakesh based in a boarding house for young women from rural areas. Here gardeners from Hever Castle, the National Trust and other gardens have joined Scholars and the young Moroccans to design and create a vegetable garden and to improve other areas. Projects always involve some craft or other activities to promote ways of using the garden and are carried out in the medium of English. Focusing together on creating something special in a new environment is a great way of learning and English Through Gardening is a great way of sharing the experience with the wider world.
REEP has been creating materials and activities for education and the environment for over 25 years and was an early user of information technology. As a small charitable trust its speciality is innovative projects that create models for others to develop, such as its Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Marrakesh University. REEP aims to work across cultures, places, faiths and history, especially with young people. It promotes different forms of art and communication, for example by creating craft, drama and music that can take place in, or be inspired by, gardens.
The Martin McLaren Memorial Trust
and the European Scholarship