The campaign will aim to bring gardening education to primary schools all over the UK and promote horticulture and landscaping as a career to a younger generation, early on in their gardening adventure.
Over the past decade Lee Connelly, known for his work on CBBC Blue Peter and his gardening podcast Skinny Jean Gardener Podcast, has worked on many children's gardening campaigns.
From researching and travelling the country in 2020, getting 10,000 children gardening in one week, Connelly realised what was missing for schools to successfully garden, and so The School Gardening Success Plan was brought together.
As well as teaching children how to Grow Your Own and care for wildlife, Lee believes it is important to show children from primary school age that horticulture and landscaping can be a possible future career. As a result, The School Gardening Success Plan, GoLandscape and the companies that support it came together to form #GoSchoolSuccess.
The School Gardening Success Plan provides a complete solution. Along with garden tools, it also includes a raised bed, seeds, weekly video tutorials aimed to get every child in class working, learning, and growing.
The School Gardening Success Plan team is encouraging members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) to support one of their local schools.
GoLandscape has already invested in plans around the UK, twitch has meant that over 250 primary school children have started growing their own food and looking after wildlife.
As part of this partnership with GoLandscape from spring 2022 The School Gardening Success Plan is adding monthly videos that promote horticulture and landscaping to primary school children, giving them a unique look at where they could take this early gardening knowledge into the future as a career.
Founder, Lee Connelly says, "This is the most important time to get this into education so that once the subject of future careers comes up in secondary school, children already have knowledge of what is available and an interest in gardening. I’m very excited about working with GoLandscape to get the plan around the country and be part of a changing movement of children's gardening”.
Stephen Ensell education officer at BALI says: “GoLandscape is really pleased to be supporting this campaign with Lee, it provides a great opportunity to ‘sow the seeds early’ for these children to be aware of the world of work and careers in the landscape industry. The children involved in The School Gardening Success Plan may very well be the next generation of landscapers and professional gardeners.”
It is The School Gardening Success Plans mission to have at least one plan in every primary school by 2025, which will give over 30,000 primary schools and 1 million children to start gardening and learn about careers in horticulture.
To be part of #GoSchoolSuccess and support a School Gardening Success Plan you can find out more here skinnyjeangardener.co.uk/goschoolsuccess