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Green-fingered Sheffield school pupils with RHS accolades

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The King Edward VII team

Teams tackle garden design challenge

Two Sheffield schools were successful in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Green Plan It Challenge for Sheffield and the surrounding area.


King Edward VII school’s The Green Bridge team won an award for the most innovative design for their living green wall intended to brighten up a metal bridge structure separating departments at the school (below).

King Edward VII garden design

The King Edwards design

 

And Sheffield High School for Girls’ team, Japonica, won an award for best teamwork for their redesign of Japanese-themed corner of the school. The team chose to work around interesting existing features such as an old working chimney, and rockery stones to produce a charming ‘plant focused’ design.

 

Sheffield High School for Girls garden design team

The Sheffield HIgh School for Girls team

 

Led by students, the challenge encouraged pupils to consider the benefits of communal green spaces and explore environmental issues while developing leadership, teamwork and creative skills.

The ten-week challenge saw over 50 green-fingered 12-14 year-olds from across the region tasked with developing a design for a new school or community garden, working alongside professional garden designers, landscape architects and other horticultural industry insiders.


Jill Sinclair, Chair of the Friends of Sheffield Botanics (FOBS) and one of the assessors said: “It was splendid to see how Green Plan It enthused the students about horticulture and design. At the start of the process we took the students around the Botanical Gardens and it was clear that most of them had not thought about plants much before. By the end of the ten-week challenge they were confidently designing flower beds and plant combinations - and even using botanical Latin!”

 

Sheffield HIgh School for GIrls garden design

The Sheffield High School for Girls design

 

This is the second year that the RHS has run the Green Plan It Challenge with nearly 1,000 young people taking part across eight UK-wide hubs, from Edinburgh to Bristol.
 

The RHS’s Head of Community Outreach, Andrea Van-Sittart, said: “The Green Plan It Challenge is designed to support young people to develop a host of new skills including teamwork, creativity and problem-solving, and, we hope to inspire some future Alan Titchmarshs and Monty Dons.
 

“All of the entries reveal an understanding of the important role that gardens can play both in terms of providing space to work and reflect and as a home for wildlife and the plants they rely on. We’d love to see some of these gardens come to fruition as we set about greening our grey Britain.”

The competition’s overall winners were from Wilsthorpe Community School in Long Eatonwith an imaginative 3D design for a new garden for their new school campus, a quiet place for study and reflection. It incorporates a wide variety of shade tolerant planting to suit the north facing site.
 

Led by students, the challenge encouraged pupils to consider the benefits of communal green spaces and explore environmental issues while developing leadership, teamwork and creative skills.
 

Jill Sinclair, Chair of the Friends of Sheffield Botanics (FOBS) and one of the assessors said: “It was splendid to see how Green Plan It enthused the students about horticulture and design. At the start of the process we took the students around the Botanical Gardens and it was clear that most of them had not thought about plants much before. By the end of the ten-week challenge they were confidently designing flower beds and plant combinations - and even using botanical Latin!”
 

Three other schools walked away with top prizes. King Edward VII School in Sheffield scooped the most innovative design award for a living green wall design, while students voted a ‘healthy mind’ garden by Parkside Community School in Chesterfield as their favourite. Sheffield High School for Girls won the prize for best teamwork, working together on a Japanese themed design.    
 

This is the second year that the RHS has run the Green Plan It Challenge with nearly 1,000 young people taking part across eight UK-wide hubs, from Edinburgh to Bristol.
 

Speaking about the project, RHS Head of Community Outreach, Andrea Van-Sittart said: “The Green Plan It Challenge is designed to support young people to develop a host of new skills including teamwork, creativity and problem-solving, and, we hope to inspire some future Alan Titchmarshs and Monty Dons.
 

“All of the entries reveal an understanding of the important role that gardens can play both in terms of providing space to work and reflect and as a home for wildlife and the plants they rely on. We’d love to see some of these gardens come to fruition as we set about greening our grey Britain.”

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