Project information

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening (CfSG) is a national platform to encourage and inspire teachers and students to get involved with growing and gardening at school.

The Campaign was launched in 2007 and is ongoing.

Charity information: The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

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  • Need

    Need

    The CfSG encourages and supports schools to use gardening to help children and young people learn and develop.

    The RHS believes every child has a right to get involved in gardening and receive some form of horticultural teaching. Gardening can enrich the school curriculum, teach life skills, contribute to children’s mental and physical health, educate children about the importance of gardening to provide a sustainable environment and make communities a better place to live.

    Solution

    School gardening enables the National Curriculum to be taught in an exciting and engaging way. The garden is frequently used by all classes and age groups and can provide teaching opportunities across a range of subject areas. Many schools have responded with imagination and creativity, making the garden and related activities central to the running of the whole school. Schools are supported at a national level via the campaign website and at a regional level via the regional advisers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Inspire and empower all schools to create gardens and enable children to get growing

    Activities

    » Market the Campaign to expand the number of registered schools nationally
    » Once schools register with the Campaign they receive advice and assistance to set up their garden and provide school lessons based in and the garden
    » Train teachers through CPD sessions

    Success will be an increase in number of registered schools, teachers attending training sessions and schools meeting Campaign benchmarks


    Aim 2

    Demonstrate how gardening can enrich the school curriculum

    Activities

    » Results have shown that schools have embraced school gardening imaginatively and engagingly
    » The school garden has been used to teach across all areas of the curriculum, such as maths, English, science and other subjects
    » Gardening in schools has been found to improve pupils’ behaviour and allows children to be given physical based lessons outside

    Regional advisors operate a system of ‘I CAN DO’ statements, where they test teachers and pupils on their knowledge of gardening before and after reaching benchmarks


    Aim 3

    To demonstrate gardening’s pivotal role in developing active citizens of the future

    Activities

    » The campaign allows children to learn about recycling, minimising waste, natural forms of pesticides, growing food and environmental sustainability
    » Older pupils act as mentors to younger pupils teaching them skills and knowledge about gardening which they have already utilized
    » School children are given specific tasks relating to the maintenance of the garden and the growing of plants which they then become responsible for
    » School gardening gives children the opportunity to be responsible for their own learning and reviewing their own progress and development

    We receive regular feedback from schools, local education authorities and others on the Campaign and improvements and changes we can make to enhance its success


  • Impact

    Impact

    The goals of this Campaign are to strive towards an increasing number of registered schools nationally. One of the long term changes will be to increase the number of regional advisors, from the current five to cover all twelve UK regions.

    Risk

    The main risk that could affect this project is not meeting the annual fundraising targets and therefore the campaign would have to downscale or dissolve. We have dealt with these risks by ensuring that sufficient steps are taken to ensure the fundraising targets are met.

    Reporting

    Regular reports are produced and we can adapt these to the donor’s requirements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £400,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £150,000 Core Costs The main costs of running the campaign
      £250,000 Regional Advisors Covers the costs of the five regional advisors
  • Background

    Location

    The project operates across the whole of the UK. We currently have 5 Regional Advisors operating in East of England, London, North West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and The Humber.

    Beneficiaries

    We currently have 14,052 schools registered for the Campaign – a figure equating to nearly one in two schools in the UK – potentially reaching over 2.5 million children and young people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the UK’s leading gardening charity, with over 200 years of specialist knowledge and expertise in horticulture, we are the best placed charity to oversee and run the Campaign for School Gardening. The RHS has the passion and dedication to deliver our aims and to ensure children have the opportunity to garden and thereby learn and develop many life skills.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jim Bliss

    Jim Bliss took up the post of Regional Advisor, for the London region and work with Partner Schools in Wandsworth, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich