RHS Green Plan It

Planit is supporting the RHS campaign ‘Green Plan It’ – with that name, how could we forego?

This is a student-led project that encourages Year 8 and 9 / S2-3 students to discover the wonderful world of plants and the many associated job roles within the horticultural industry. The programme offers an opportunity for young people to consider community needs and environmental issues, as well as growing their understanding of how plants and nature play a valuable role in our lives.

Caroline, a Landscape Architect within our London studio, is a voluntary RHS ‘Green Plan It’ Mentor working with year 8 students from Greatfield’s School in Barking, East London. The scheme kicked off with the teams meeting at the RHS’s Capel Manor Garden in Ealing. Students from the school’s Eco Club were really enthusiastic about the wide variety of plants, nature and design. Caroline is now helping them to research, plan and build a model garden. The first modeling challenge for the team was ‘design your own plant’ resulting in a model complete with worms and roots in the soil, a pollinating butterfly, colourful petals to attract insects, berries for birds, a funnelled flower to collect water and legs so that it can move towards water/sunlight. They will now work towards creating a model garden design that they hope can be built in real life within the grounds of their school.

It’s now full steam ahead, working towards the 10th December deadline, when schools from across the country will present their design to a panel of judges. It is great to be involved in such an enriching and inspiring initiative; the students were so positive about wanting to do more to help the environment. Many of them don’t have a garden of their own, so the opportunity to create a school garden is a real incentive. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the ‘Green Warriors’ team!

The ‘Green Plan It’ campaign was designed by the RHS to be relevant to a range of curriculum subjects including Science, D&T, Geography and Art, as well as PSHE and Citizenship with potential connections to STEM and gardening clubs. Further information can be found at: RHS Green Plan It

Written by Caroline Lord, Project Landscape Architect