GRACE’S GREEN PLAN IT CHALLENGE
ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
GREEN PLAN IT CHALLENGE
Back in June, Grace Landscapes Ltd was one of the companies approached by the Royal Horticultural Society to become involved with their ‘Green Plan It Challenge’ scheme for the Yorkshire area.
The RHS asked prominent landscaping companies to become involved and provide a mentor to support a local school to engage in a ten-week project where they re-think the role of green space for community benefit.
Ian Fearnley, Training Coordinator rose to the challenge, completed the application form and was accepted onto the scheme. Starting in September, Ian, alongside Adam Ralph of Grit It worked with the students of Dixons Allerton Academy B team in Bradford, to support them in achieving their project objectives. After much debate, the students decided on a Shakespeare theme, aiming to create a circular classroom along the theme of the famous Globe Theatre in London. During the ten week challenge, students worked as a team to design their new green space, using a range of materials and media to bring their ideas to life. Through the process they learnt about the importance of plants to people and places in real world contexts and provides a valuable careers insight and skills development opportunities.
On December 7th all participating students attended a celebration event at the RHS Garden, Harlow Carr in Harrogate to present their designs for assessment, receive feedback on their work and celebrate their achievements with their industry mentors. All the teams presented their design to a panel of assessors and the other teams taking part who then decided in the best design. Dixons Allerton Academy B team scooped the prize for the most innovative garden in Yorkshire.