Garden and greenhouse activities boost learning

November 23, 2010 0 comments

Improved team working skills, an increased desire to learn and a willingness to participate in activities are just three of the benefits of introducing botany in schools.

According to a new Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) report, kids with special educational needs genuinely benefit from being taught about the wonder of plant life.

Growing Together: Gardening with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs was run throughout the 2009-10 academic year.

It involved children aged four to 16 and the results were clear, according to RHS special educational needs schools project officer Hayley Young.

"I could see my young gardeners changing as the year progressed, growing in confidence, being more interested in what was going on and interacting better with other children and adults," she said.

The project was made possible by former RHS member Peter Rees, who left a legacy to help fund Ms Young's position in Sussex.

She helped 95 pupils during the school year and also educated teachers, which will allow them to pass the knowledge on in future.

In other news, RHS Garden Wisley recently broke the world record for the number of simultaneous matches of conkers being played at the one time.

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