Hartismere School

An outstanding coeducational secondary school & sixth form college and England's first academy

RHS Green Plan It Competition – Team Plantismere!

A group of Year 8 and 9 pupils, who have chosen the Gardening Elective, have entered the Green Plan It Competition, run by the Royal Horticultural Society. We are members of the Campaign for School Gardening and have a large area (approximately 32 metres x 7 metres) on the school grounds which we will be working on.

On Friday 23rd September, we attended the launch at the Easton campus of Easton and Otley College. This is a 10 week competition to redesign the school garden and we are working with a mentor from industry, who is a professional landscape designer. As part of the competition we have to decide on a team name, come up with an aim, decide on planting schemes, consider costs and impact on the environment. For the judging day in December, we have to write a report, present a 3D model and create a display for the group of assessors. 

The aim of our garden is to focus on ‘upcycling’ and ‘recycling’ – ultimately we would like to create the space using minimal expenditure.

Therefore, we would like to appeal to all parents and friends of the school – do you have a surplus of seeds or plant cuttings or plants to divide? Do you have some old pallets, tyres, metal troughs, pieces of wood, fallen down trees etc on your land that we could put to good use? In addition, do you have any gardening skills or man power you would be willing to donate to us? We will be aiming to start work on the garden in the spring, and plan to hold some working ‘parties’….

If you think you could help, please contact me at the school on jbu@hartismere.com.

Many thanks in advance!

Mrs Burlingham