On Friday 23rd of September a group of six year 8 and 9 Broadland students attended Easton and Otley Agricultural College to take part in the “RHS Green Plan It Challenge”. We took part in a series of tasks and then later went on a tour around the grounds of the college gardens to inspire us and give us creative ideas. We took part in this day, along with Luke Symons, Sam Nunhuck Crook, Lucy Marsden and Jack Barnham, and I believe we all will learn something from this experience.
One of the tasks was to imagine there had been a terrible disaster during which we all had to flee from our homes. We were told that in the hope of returning we must bring only 10 agricultural experts, 10 seeds (food choices), where we would we return to and what type of soil would be best to grow our plants in. At the end of this time we were asked our choices and were also asked why we chose them.
After this we broke for lunch. Later we were given a tour around the amazing grounds of Easton and Otley College, we were shown some of the amazing spaces designed by the college students and given inspiration for our design challenge. We were also told about the different plants and what sort of plants do well in certain environments.
At the end of the day we were given the challenge of designing a green space in our school or community. We have been given 10 weeks to design a garden space, and at the end of this time we will present it to a panel of RHS judges. They will then decide who has won the challenge.
The RHS, The Royal Horticultural Society, is the UK’s leading gardening charity, and it encourages everyone, from young children to adults, to get involved more with their community and gardening. They have recently started their campaign for gardening in schools, and have organised many opportunities for children to enter competitions for gardening, in and out of school, across the UK.
A special thank you to the RHS, Easton and Otley College and Mr Brooke who made this amazing opportunity possible.
Written by Poppy Middleton and Amelia Dixon, Year 9