RHS pushes school gardening take up

Schools across Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East of England are being urged to sign up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, supported by Waitrose, in a bid to get 4.2 million children gardening by 2012.

RHS schools manager Jacky Chave said 42 per cent of UK primary schools have signed up to the scheme but Scotland only has 15 per cent involved, Wales 29 per cent, Northern Ireland 11.4 per cent and the North East 27 per cent. North-west England has 89 per cent.

In joining, schools receive access to online resources including lesson plans, case studies and gardening advice. They also get a free starter pack of seeds, soil testing kits and posters. The first 200 schools to sign up in the coming months will receive two raised bed kits, worth £30.


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