School and Community Gardens

Gardens for schools and communities

Harrogate Garden Design has specific expertise when it comes to planning school and community gardens. Identifying the garden’s intent and transforming those needs into practical, attractive outdoor space is just our thing.  Children excel in the outdoors – they are free to learn, develop, and play.  Statistics show that using biophilic design techniques in school gardens can improve learning rates by 20-25%, test results improve, concentration levels increase, and ADHD effects are reduced. We want to create an abundance of gardens in schools  – where nature can become part of the curriculum. Competitive prices on request

Harrogate Garden Design

Covering Harrogate, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Halifax and Yorkshire

Providing beautiful yet functional outdoor spaces for schools and communities

Bringing people together outdoors

“Our wildlife garden has become a sanctuary for children and staff and has transformed our outdoor space. Children who find the classroom environment challenging at times, thrive learning in this natural space. Whether it is used for structured sessions such as Forest School, science lessons, gardening club or simply as a space just to be, the effect is tangible.

Amongst the busy school day this natural haven provides a calm space for staff and children alike.  We have all noticed the benefits to our wellbeing. Pupils say they can think more clearly, they breathe more deeply and it has provided a nurturing, safe space when we have needed it.

The area cleverly connects areas for growing, exploring learning and coming together for shared activities. It weaves the themes of sustainability, care for the environment and care for wildlife together in a way, which places the child’s experience at the heart of the design.”

Emma Crisell, Deputy Headteacher, Richard Taylor School, Harrogate

Biophilic Design in Schools

Biophilic design in educational settings in the urban environment can enhance students’ physical and mental health by improving their well-being and reducing stress. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, whatever the physical environment or budget.

For example, introducing green walls, plants and natural elements into the classroom can reduce noise levels, improve air quality, and even help with concentration and focus. Adding elements such as natural lighting, open windows, and outdoor views can help to reduce stress and provide a connection to nature. Finally, creating a sense of connection to nature through biophilic design elements such as a green wall or living wall can have a calming effect on students and help to reduce anxiety.

Here are some ways that using biophilic design principles and natural systems in your classroom can reduce stress, improve concentration, and allow your students mental wellbeing to flourish.

These are just some of the ways that biophilic design can be used in the secondary or primary school learning environment to improve students’ physical and mental health. By using these principles, teachers can create a learning space that is conducive to learning, promotes mental wellbeing, and reduces stress.

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