The UK-wide competition Green Plan It, which is organised in regional hubs, invited pupils aged 12–14 to engage in a 10-week project to rethink the role of green spaces for community benefit. Supported by an industry mentor, the students worked in teams to design a new green space using a range of materials and media to bring their ideas to life. Through the process, they learned about the importance of plants to people and places in real-world contexts.
On 22 November 2016, local horticultural industry experts met with the secondary school pupils from across the North West and selected the regional winners.
Winner of the best overall project was the team from St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning, Whiston, Merseyside, who designed a memorial garden dedicated to an inspirational head teacher who loved gardening. The team won £100 worth of Horticultural Trades Association gardening gift vouchers. They have already applied for funding for their garden and scheduled an opening ceremony for March 2017.
Manchester-based Peter mentored the team ‘Derby Goes Green’, which won the best teamwork award. He says, “The award was great recognition for the team, who had worked really well together in creating the model and during the supporting research. Their presentation really brought their passion and ideas to life. It has been a rewarding experience and RSK is looking forward to supporting Derby High School in getting their garden built.”
The team is presented with their award