Project information

HNG After School Nature Club

The HNG After School Nature Club gives children living in an area of dense social housing the opportunity to learn about and connect with the natural world around them by growing things in our garden, visiting nature reserves and studying wildlife.

January 2014 - January 2015

Charity information: Holloway Neighbourhood Group

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  • Need


    Holloway Neighbourhood Group is based in an area of dense social housing and little greenspace. Islington is the most densely populated local authority area in England. Few of the children attending local schools have access to gardens. Parents, especially those of children from Black and ethnic minority communities, have little knowledge of the local environment and lack the confidence to take their children out to explore natural spaces. "Nature Deficit Disorder


    We will deliver a weekly After School Nature Club for local children. They will participate in fun activities such as mini-beast hunting in the garden, growing food, and bird spotting.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support children in learning about nature


    » We will run a weekly after school club where children will have the opportunity to learn about nature

    What success will look like

    Children will understand the importance of wildplaces and they will develop a respect and understanding of nature and wild spaces.

  • Impact


    Children will explore wild spaces with their families, grow plants at home and school and have a greater respect and understanding of the local environment.


    There is a risk that not enough children will attend the Club. We will mitigate against this risk by collaborating with local schools to ensure that local families know about the Club.


    We will send regular reports on what the children have enjoyed and achieved, and examples of what they have created.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Staff salaries Weekly Club for a year
      £3,000 Room hire Weekly Club for a year
      £900 Materials Materials for activities and trips
      £1,100 Management and administration To ensure high quality provision
  • Background


    Activities will take place at the Old Fire Station in the heart of Holloway.


    Children aged 5 to 11 who have little opportunity to explore wild spaces and learn about nature.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Holloway Neighbourhood Group has 4 decades' experience of delivering services for young people. We are lucky to have a beautiful garden at our community centre in which the children can learn through exploration and growing vegetables, fruits and flowers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Misty Simpson

    Misty is the Co-ordinator of the After School Nature Club. She has a contagious love of wild things, and is also a qualified herbologist.


materials to run the Club for half a term.