GoLandscape, The British Association of Landscape Industries’ careers initiative and The School Gardening Success Plan have come together to form the #GoSchoolSuccess campaign. The campaign will aim to bring horticulture and gardening education to primary schools all over the UK and promote horticulture and landscaping as a career to a younger generation, early on in their gardening adventure.
Over the past decade Lee Connelly, known for his work on CBBC Blue Peter and his gardening podcast Skinny Jean Gardener Podcast, has worked on many children’s gardening campaigns. These have been successful in promoting gardening in the moment but lacked follow-up support for the schools or teachers to continue the good work. From researching and travelling the country in 2020, getting 10,000 children gardening in one week, Lee realised what was missing for schools to successfully garden, and so The School Gardening Success Plan was brought together.
As well as teaching children how to Grow Your Own and care for wildlife, Lee believes it is important to show children from primary school age that horticulture and landscaping can be a possible future career. As a result, The School Gardening Success Plan, GoLandscape and the companies that support it came together to form #GoSchoolSuccess.
The School Gardening Success Plan provides a complete solution. Along with garden tools, it also includes a raised bed, seeds, weekly video tutorials, all aimed at giving a seamless package to get every child in class working, learning, and growing. Best of all it provides the teachers with 24/7 online support, meaning no matter what or when, teachers can ask questions to the School Gardening Success Plan team to help with full gardening success.
Primary school teacher Stuart Jackson said, “We have just started and WOW! What an idea! So easy to use, everything you will ever need to garden at school. Thanks to Lee and his amazing team”.
We want to encourage members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) to support one of their local schools – you can support more if you wish and provide a School Gardening Success Plan to get a class gardening adventure started and highlight the career opportunities in the landscape and horticulture industry.
You can sponsor a school(s) here
GoLandscape have already invested in plans around the UK that are having incredible results, that have meant that over 250 primary school children have started growing their own food and looking after wildlife, when many thought the garden was closed for business over the winter.
As part of this partnership with GoLandscape from spring 2022, we are adding monthly videos that promote horticulture and landscaping to primary school children, giving them a unique look at where they could take this early gardening knowledge into the future as a career.
Founder, Lee Connelly says, “This is the most important time to get this into education so that once the subject of future careers comes up in secondary school, children already have knowledge of what is available and an interest in gardening. I’m very excited about working with GoLandscape to get the plan around the country and be part of a changing movement of children’s gardening”.
“GoLandscape is really pleased to be supporting this campaign with Lee, it provides a great opportunity to ‘sow the seeds early’ for these children to be aware of the world of work and careers in the landscape industry. The children involved in The School Gardening Success Plan may very well be the next generation of landscapers and professional gardeners.” Stephen Ensell-Education Officer (British Association of Landscape Industries).
It is The School Gardening Success Plans mission to have at least one plan in every primary school by 2025, which will give over 30,000 primary schools and 1 million children to start gardening and learn about careers in horticulture.
To be part of #GoSchoolSuccess and support a School Gardening Success Plan you can find out more here skinnyjeangardener.co.uk/goschoolsuccess