RHS launches schools gardening website

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched a new website to encourage horticulture in schools as part of their RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

The new site offers a resource for both teachers and students, to engage with and support schools to develop and actively use a school garden.

RHS's school gardening campaign has 19,000 schools and groups participating – representing 59 per cent of all UK primary schools and 47 per cent of secondary schools.

The society hopes the new website will allow more schools and youth groups to take up gardening.

The new site is the society’s first to use responsive design, providing lesson-ready resources from lesson plans to tips on what to grow when, and access to RHS advice.  

Registered users can also bookmark their favourite resources and events tailored to their learning needs, and monitor the progress of their class by uploading evidence to an online portfolio of achievement, which can then in turn build towards earning the school a  School Gardening Award.

As a result of the new site, the RHS hopes to see 8,000 schools taking part in the awards scheme by January 2016.

Claire Custance, RHS skills development manager, said: "We’re incredibly proud of the existing success of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, which shares our passion for horticulture with millions of pupils up and down the country through high quality educational resources. The new site not only makes these easier to find, but by streamlining some of the processes will hopefully encourage even greater engagement."

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening was started in 2007 with four aims; to encourage all schools to use gardening as a teaching and learning tool; to show how gardening can enrich the curriculum; to teach children life skills and contribute to their emotional and physical health; and to the demonstrate gardening’s pivotal role in developing active citizens of the future.

See www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening

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