The Royal Horticultural Society is urging school gardening to be high on the education agenda and recognised as a key teaching tool.
New research by the RHS Gardening in Schools – A vital tool for children’s learning published in June shows for the first time the enormous impact gardening plays in a child’s wellbeing, learning and development.
In 2007, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening was launched to encourage schools to create gardens. There are currently 12,000 schools signed up to the Campaign, benefiting over 2.5million pupils.
Over the next three years the RHS will campaign to get the benefits of gardening in schools better and more widely understood and train 4,500 teachers in how to use a garden as an essential teaching tool.
For more information on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, its new learning centre and to download a copy of the Gardening in Schools – A vital tool for children’s learning please visit www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening