Polytunnels For Schools

The Outdoor Classroom

Every school should have a polytunnel. Think of it as an extra classroom where young minds can enjoy the thrill of watching nature work its wonders... right through the year. And the real beauty is that a First Tunnels polytunnel is infinitely adaptable. We have supplied schools where our polytunnels are sited on grass and on soil... putting the land to work. We have even located polytunnels on tarmac or paved areas and used growbags or raised beds to create a fantastic growing environment.

And then the fun begins!

From a science study area for high school students...to a 'nursery' class for toddlers, polytunnels provide a year-round 'classroom' without walls. A space where inquisitive minds can enjoy a real hands-on experience of nature at work. Not a text book, not a lesson delivered from pictures and charts, but a real interactive adventure exploring and discovering how and why things grow.

And of course, there’s an added bonus too. Your very own harvest of wonderfully fresh fruit and vegetables to enjoy at school...or take home to impress the family.

The First Tunnels Classroom. The perfect way to nurture a growing mind.

The possibilities are endless...an ever changing classroom, full of colour, full of fun and a fantastic base for children of all ages to learn. Whatever the timetable there’s an activity in the tunnel that will bring the subject to life, get the children involved and open everyone’s eyes to new and exciting things.

Find Your Nearest School

See how many schools have got a polytunnel in your area by using our interactive map.

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Soil Association PolytunnelFancy a School Polytunnel worth £1500?

The Soil Association & First Tunnels Polytunnels are pleased to announce that Food for Life Schools can win a Polytunnel to the value of £1500.

Taking place from 27th-31st March 2017, Soil Association 'Food for Life’s Grandparent Gardening Week' aims to help schools get support from the local community to kick start their gardens into action after the winter.

Hosting gardening activities is a great way to reach out and engage grandparents, carers and local residents (including local allotment holders) in your school or nursery activities, and to get your garden in tip top condition along the way!

For more information on Grandparent Gardening Week and how to enter the competition visit the Food for Life website.

Polytunnels are now a recognised way for schools to increase their green credentials, whilst invigorating the childrens imagination and teaching them about the values of healthy living and good food nutrition. 

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About First Tunnels

We’re a close-knit bunch of skilled professionals who take an enormous pride in the quality and versatility of our products, But we’re enthusiasts too - we use our own products, and that means we’ve introduced lots of improvements and innovations over the years…based on first-hand everyday practical experience. We work hand-in hand with top growing experts. We even have our own allotment for some seriously hands-on gardening, often accompanied by communal summer and winter barbecues because all work and no play would be very dull!

Polytunnel Community

Reviewed by you, Followed by you, Liked by you and listened to by us. We have a strong online polytunnel community, 35k Facebook Fans, 10k Twitter Followers and over 3m YouTube Views. Our community of dedicated, passionate Polytunnel gardening friends, love to share their sowing tips, growing hints and harvesting secrets with each other. But more importantly for you, as a customer or a potential customer, you can post your comments in all their glory or gory details. Come and join the Polytunnel family.

Construction Help & Advice

Our six man construction team has a wealth of polytunnel construction knowledge and are more than happy to share tips and advice with any of our customers. Many of the team have been quite literally 'hands on' developing the First Tunnels vast array of construction videos and in depth instruction guides. Our construction team are available to answer your questions and help in whatever way they can. Simply call 01282 601253 on week days between 9am-5pm...PLUS weekend cover on 07801 601253, between 9am-5pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are proud of our products and the time that we have put in to making sure that all our products are first class. We understand that purchasing a polytunnel is a considerable investment, and whilst we have lots of help and advice on this site, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and blog pages many people like to compare and contrast before they commit their hard earned cash to buying. To this end we have compiled a list of the most common questions and provide 10 top reasons why First Tunnels Polytunnels is the top choice.

Getting Growing

Part of the fun of owning a polytunnel is picking the brains of people who really know how to make the most of the real growing potential. So we're making it easy for you...with some of the best brains in the business! This site now includes features, produced exclusively for First Tunnels by Andy McKee and Mark Gatter - best-selling authors of 'How to grow food in your Polytunnel' and 'The Polytunnel Handbook'. We also have videos from BBC’s Gardeners’ Question Time presenter, Paul Peacock. We also have a host of growing guides from Sam Youd, presenter & judge for the Royal Horticultural Society & Tatton Park Head Gardener.

Other Useful Stuff

What better way to learn about company dependability, product quality and customer service than to hear it straight from other consumers? By giving customers the opportunity to share their First Tunnels shopping experience, we believe this is the best reflection of our companies’ product and service. To help reinforce credibility, popularity and reputation, we have subscribed to not one, not two...but THREE independent review companies. We value all feedback, good, bad or ugly and hope to build a long lasting relationship with our customer, through our high quality products and friendly service, to ensure they do not hesitate to order again and again with First Tunnels in the future.