Bringing more greenery to school children across the UK one plant at a time!

What if you could implement a fully automated vertical garden at your school of choice at no cost to the school?

We often can't see or smell it, but it is now widely known that air pollution puts children's vulnerable growing lungs at risk. The air-cleansing abilities of plants are well documented, but did you know that plants can also improve children’s mental health, alleviate stress, reduce noise pollution, improve concentration and increase urban biodiversity? With Plants4Kids (“P4K”), schools and communities can take action to provide a healthier environment and contribute to better air quality for all.

What is the P4K Campaign?

The P4K Project enables schools to benefit from beautiful, self-sustaining, maintenance-free living walls at no cost to the school itself. The living walls are funded by a simple plant sponsorship programme, which allows parents, grandparents, friends and local supporters of the school to make a small contribution which will make a big difference. Businesses are also invited to support schools (locally or nationally), either by becoming Ambassadors (providing sponsorship) or Partners (providing practical support).

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Plants can be sponsored for as little as £15– the sponsorship will not only pay for the plants themselves but will cover installation and maintenance of the living wall for 3 years.

Names and messages of support of key sponsors will be displayed alongside the living walls themselves.

Once fully funded, the living walls will take pride of place in schools or playgrounds within reach of the children. Whilst the plants will be monitored remotely using the latest technology, pupils will be encouraged to interact with and care for the plants, touch and smell the foliage and learn about the different species in their wall, whilst having unlimited access to our plant care experts for guidance. The children will be involved from Day 1, from raising awareness of the campaign, to fundraising, to helping out with the installation day! Pupils will learn about the amazing air cleansing abilities of plants and the many benefits that plants can bring.

A full Schools Toolkit is available, providing all the resources a school or PTA will need to run their P4K Project without impacting resourcing levels or teaching time. 

example of a green wall P4K
Here's an example of what a green wall could look like.

The P4K Schools Toolkit

  • Handouts and instructions

  • Unlimited access to plant care experts

  • Plant list for indoor and out

  • Design grids and examples 

  • Monthly tips for each season

  • Sponsorship aids and information packs

  • Video tutorials and more…

Children have an innate, genetically predisposed tendency to explore and bond with the natural world known as biophilia, i.e. love of nature (Wilson 1993 & 1996; Tilbury 1994; Sobel 1996 & 2002; Kellert 2005). Evidence of biophilia has been observed in children even younger than two (Moore & Marcus 2008).

Nurturing Children's Biophilia: Developmentally Appropriate Environmental Education for Young Children

Randy White & Vicki L. Stoecklin

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