Meet the South West and Wales Green Plan It Challenge Winners
Y Pant School from Wales crowned the winner
05 January 2018
A team-of-six from Y Pant School in Rhondda Cynon Taf was awarded the winning garden design in the RHS Green Plan It Challenge for Wales and the South West of England region.
The ten-week challenge saw over a hundred green-fingered 12-14 year-olds from across Wales and the South West tasked with developing a design for a new school or community garden, working alongside professional garden designers, landscape architects and other horticultural industry insiders.
The group of students, presented their imaginative 3D model of a new conservation garden for judging at Bristol Botanic Garden, competing against teams from seven other schools across the area.
The team’s design was for a meadow garden to help conserve the population of threatened Marsh Fritillary butterflies in the area. It includes the plant devil's bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) which is an essential food source for the butterflies. The students are also currently raising funds to turn their idea into a reality.
The Green Plan It Challenge encouraged pupils to consider the benefits of communal green spaces and explore environmental issues while developing leadership, teamwork and creative skills.
The team said winning the Challenge was a “brilliant end to a great project and a great reward for the hard work”. They spoke about how they had developed a knowledge of horticulture and learnt about different horticultural career paths.
Four other schools walked away with top prizes. Downend School in Bristol scooped the most innovative design award for a garden with a bicycle-driven irrigation system, while students voted Westbourne School in Penarth and Bristol’s Fairfield High School‘s designs as their favourites. Redmaids’ High School in Bristol won the prize for best teamwork, working together on a Japanese Zen themed design.
Read more about the Green Plan It Challenge here.