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The UK’s leading hard landscaping transformation company, Marshalls plc, has launched a bespoke brochure in support of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening.
The new brochure is designed to give inspiration to schools to develop areas in their grounds for children to go outside and get gardening. This forms part of a pioneering programme that Marshalls is undertaking in this area.
Chris Harrop, Group Marketing Director, Marshalls plc, said:
“Marshalls firmly believe that an important upcoming issue for UK gardening is how the next generation will view their gardens, whether it is at school or home. That is why we are putting our full support behind the RHS’ Campaign for School Gardening, to help even more children across the UK experience the joys of outdoor learning.”
Dr Ruth Taylor, Head of Education at the RHS, said, “In an age when many children live a very urban existence and have no garden at home, gardening should be part of school life and is a key life skill to learn. At present we have the resources to work with primary schools and we have made a really strong start - with 5,000 schools signed up to the campaign since its launch last September. However we are keen to expand and Marshalls’ support is vital in helping us to reach our goal.”
Marshalls first highlighted the issue of ‘how children will view their gardens in the future’, head on, at the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show with its Award winning Show Garden ‘The Marshalls Garden That Kids Really Want!’
Inspired by over 120 school pupils across the UK, the company held a series of Marshalls Garden Design Workshops to find out their real thoughts. Fronted by Chris Collins, BBC Blue Peter gardener and Sven Wombwell, TV garden personality, their amazing ideas and designs were then all collated and interpreted by Ian Dexter of Marshalls Gardens & Driveways Design Team in to the incredible garden at the 2008 Show.
In another groundbreaking scheme Marshalls has established a volunteering programme which is focussed on schools; aiming to help transform their landscapes. This is been coordinated through its Corporate Social Responsibility work where it has helped numerous community projects throughout the UK.
The aim behind the RHS’ Campaign for School Gardening is to inspire, encourage and support all schools to develop and actively use a school garden. Acknowledging that it is the right of every child to get involved in gardening and demonstrating the enrichment gardening can bring to each and every child’s personal development.
It is now hoping to have 6,000 schools actively involved by the end of 2008.
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