Royal Grammar School


Students take on the Green Plan It Challenge

Students take on the Green Plan It Challenge

Students from Years 8 and 9 have been involved in a ten-week challenge set by the Royal Horticultural Society which saw them imagine and design a garden for the school.

The Green Plan It Challenge saw our students compete against several other schools in the North East, presenting their ideas to a panel of experts and assessors at Kirkley Hall, Northumberland recently.

Our Year 8 team designed a wildlife garden that could be used as a teaching resource with bird boxes, hedgehog boxes and a pond with a seating area for students. 

The Year 9 team's design complimented the Year 8s' and was a garden that would be attached to the wildlife area and included an outdoor classroom with a green sedum roof and raised beds.

The students were supported by industry mentors, Peter Cunliffe, an award-winning landscape designer and, Marian Foster, a BBC Radio Presenter who has her own gardening programme. 

Both teams were very successful in their presentations to the panel with the Year 8 team won some plants for the mood board they have created to support their ideas, and the Year 9s won £100 of garden vouchers and took home a trophy for being one of the top four designs.