Roots and Shoots

Roots and Shoots is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales, No. 3400781. Registered Charity No. 1064070/0

  • … The charity was set up in 1982 by Linda Phillips, who is still the Director, to help disadvantaged young people from Lambeth and Southwark prepare for the world of work. Up to twenty 16 – 19 year olds, all with educational problems or issues , spend a year with us. All have been unable to cope at school and many are at odds with the world when they arrive at Roots and Shoots … (about 1/2).

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Address: Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, London, SE11 6DN, UK;
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About 2/2 … /Training: We take an holistic approach to the students’ training, teaching key skills and general life skills alongside horticulture or retail, working towards an NVQ Level 1 qualification in one of these subjects.

Within Roots and Shoots’ nurturing and supportive environment, young people acquire social skills and confidence and find a purpose and direction to equip them for work and life.

Work experience is  also part of their programme. The time spent depends on each individual’s needs and wishes and we find the experience encourages them to take responsibility for their own learning and personal development.

The Wildlife Garden and Study Centre:

  • The Roots and Shoots Wildlife Garden and Study Centre are a wonderful learning resource, providing environmental education for nursery, primary and special schools, as well as for the wider community. Diverse habitats have been developed in the Wild Garden to increase and promote the biodiversity of insect, plant and bird life. Surrounded by high buildings, the entire site is a lush inner-city oasis with a mild climate in which plants from warm temperate and mediterranean climates flourish.
  • The Wild Garden is also the base for the London Beekeepers’ Association who hold their meetings and courses at Roots and Shoots. Our honey, said by many to be some of the best in London, is sold in our shop – stocks permitting (it can be a rare commodity!). The shop also sells Roots and Shoots Orchard Bounty, our own apple juice, pressed on site with apples from our friends’ orchard in Wales, as well as other ethically sourced items.

The Eco-Building: … (full text about).

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