Grounds and Gardening
Hanford is fortunate to have a working kitchen garden and a walled garden in the grounds. Chefs use the fruit and vegetables grown in the kitchen garden, incorporating them into their menus. The famous Hanford lemons grown in one of our greenhouses are used in cakes, marmalades and other recipes. Both of these gardens are nearly two acres in size and big enough to enable our girls to have their own plots to plant and manage.
The more enthusiastic girls, of which there are many, will spend much of their free time in the garden. During the summer term the girls make garlands with a beautiful range of flowers.
Hanford is surrounded by woodland and its lawns are shaded by a selection of fascinating mature and unusual (some with a preservation order) trees. The curiosity and clamber for all things arboreal is infectious at Hanford. One of the first things a new girl will learn here is how to climb the famous cedar tree and during her time will plant her own fruit tree. The fruitful orchard is full of apples that are pressed into apple juice in the autumn.
The Forest school was opened in 2020 and is run by Mrs Rawlingson Plant. She teaches regular classes for all year groups and covers skills such as fire lighting, whittling, wood chopping alongside plant and animal identification.
Identifying creative, imaginative and effective ways to use our outside spaces (trees, lawns, space and nature) is integral into a Hanford education. The front lawn is used as green classroom – teaching everything from art to algebra or it can be a dance studio, theatrical stage or a tennis court. Sitting between two of the county’s most iconic ancient hills Hambledon and Hod and a stone’s throw from the river Stour means all our grounds are the perfect place to study geography.