The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) commitment to children and gardeners of the future is set to bloom over the next three years, as Marshalls plc, has pledged their support to the charity’s Campaign for School Gardening, and help even more children across the UK experience the joys of outdoor learning.
Marshalls’ partnership with the RHS began in 2007 with its sponsorship of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Their support has enabled the charity to develop Chelsea into the worlds best flower show. This year, the UK’s leading hard landscaping transformation company is exhibiting at Chelsea with their garden entitled the ‘The Marshalls Garden That Kids Really Want!’ Designed by Ian Dexter from a child’s point of view, and based on school workshops, the garden will provide a safe environment for children to learn about wildlife, biodiversity and horticulture.
Richard Hunt, Corporate Development Manager for the RHS explains further, “Marshalls is a natural fit for the RHS’ Campaign for School Gardening. They are passionate about investing in future generations and showcasing how gardening can be fantastic fun for children. We know they will be able to help us expand our Campaign, so that we can help every child experience outdoor learning.”
Launched in September 2007, Campaign for School Gardening is the RHS’ outreach programme enabling primary schools to utilise their outdoor space, create growing gardens and teach children how to grow, care for and enjoy plants. Centred around an interactive website, Campaign for School Gardening offers teachers tailor-made lesson plans, hint and tips and free seeds, to engage children and support the school to teach lessons outside. Outdoor learning can improve children’s emotional and social well-being and to date, 3,500 primary schools have signed up to the Campaign.