The RHS is urging schools to get gardening this autumn to empower young people in the fight against climate change and help protect our green spaces for the future.
Through its RHS Campaign for School Gardening, the charity has found that school gardens are often young people’s only touchpoint to nature. Providing an opportunity to learn about the importance of plants, wildlife and issues around sustainability.
With space at a premium and budgets stretched, many schools are finding creative ways to grow, turning to rooftop plots to green their grey grounds, installing raised beds on paved playgrounds and upcycling plastic bottles and old baked bean tins to create green walls for wildlife. Those with more space are often growing on a larger scale to supply the school kitchen or sell their produce to plough the proceeds back into the school garden.
Alana Cama, RHS Schools and Groups Programme Manager said: “Young people are increasingly thinking about what the future might look like and rightly concerned about news of forest fires and plastic-filled oceans. Schools can play an important part in empowering young people to make positive changes.
“By providing a plot, or even just a couple of pots, schools can help sow an appreciation for the environment. If a young person can feel they are making a positive impact it may help them feel a little more in control of our planet’s future.”
Schools and youth groups can sign-up for free RHS resources and advice by visiting the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website: https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk