A five-strong, enthusiastic team of Year 9 pupils have worked together to design a garden by entering the Royal Horticultural Society’s Green Plan-it Challenge. The Year 9 team won the overall award for the best design with the judges being impressed by their inspirational sensory garden and their enthusiasm.

Last term, members of the school’s Eco-club entered the competition, the aim, to inspire pupils about nature and plants by designing a garden that can be used by school. Two teams entered and had to produce a model, a report and a display. In doing so the pupils developed their skills in design, production and teamwork at the same time as learning about the Horticulture Industry.

The project started with a day at Leeds University where the pupils were given a course in design and used the University’s campus to see how garden design can be used in a variety of different contexts.

Each team was assigned a mentor from Industry. The Year 8 team worked with Cheri LeMay from Earthworks North and the Year 9 team worked with Tracey Foster from Tracy Foster Garden Design.

Both teams came up with a theme and a purpose for their design and over ten weeks produced a detailed model and report with the help of their mentors. They returned to Leeds University for the final and had to present their designs to a panel of judges.

There were some exceptional entries from the ten teams who took part and both our groups did very well, but Year 9 clinched the overall winner’s title. They are are now applying to the RHS for funding to turn their design into reality and the Year 9 team have been invited to appear on the BBC Radio Leeds Gardening show this month.

Well done to everyone who took part and a big thanks to the mentors and Mr Evans for their support.

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