The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to bringing the benefits of growing plants to people of all ages. Four inspirational gardens in Surrey, Essex, Devon and Yorkshire offer a comprehensive programme of learning opportunities for trainee gardeners, amateur enthusiasts, schools and families.
Launched in 2007, the Campaign for School Gardening currently supports 13,000 schools with initiatives, information and resources to help schools to plan and develop gardens as a resource for teaching, learning and community participation. The Campaign is reinforced at regional level through the employment of Regional Advisors to work in schools and train teachers.
The RHS has been working with the Helen Hamlyn Trust since 2004 to develop the growit strand within Open Futures. growit is delivered through the placement of RHS project officers in schools, giving teachers, children, parents and volunteers the core skills and confidence to create and maintain a productive edible garden. Working through teachers, growit inspires and empowers young people to work together to improve their own surroundings, to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle, to develop decision making and enterprise skills and to develop an enthusiasm for learning.
To find out more about the RHS’ work with schools and young people, visit the RHS website.