The Kay’s Mentor on the RHS Green Plan It Challenge Green-techs owners Richard and Rachel Kay Mentor on the RHS Green Plan It Challenge
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The Kay’s Mentor on the RHS Green Plan It Challenge

Richard and Rachel Kay. Owners and Managers of Green-tech

Owners Richard and Rachel Kay have volunteered to help the Royal Horticultural Society with their Green Plan It Challenge which launches today at RHS Garden, Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire.


The Green Plan It Challenge is an opportunity for Key Stage 3 secondary school students to engage in a ten-week project where they re-think the role of green space for community benefit.


Richard and Rachel have been paired up with Jonathan Whittemore and Rob Richardson from Johnsons of Whixley and both parties will volunteer their time and experience to mentor pupils from King James's School in Knaresborough. Their challenge is to inspire the students to have a love for gardening and the landscape, teach them new skills and mentor to enable them rethink the role of green space.


The Green Plan It is ultimately a competition between local schools and the students, supported by their industry mentors will have to work as a team to design a new green space - in school or their local community.  Through the process they will learn about the importance of plants, people and places in real world contexts.

Richard Kay, Chairman commented

“Landscaping and Horticulture is an often over-looked career choice. I am genuinely delighted to be involved; to be able to share my knowledge, experience and wisdom and to hopefully inspire the future generation of landscapers.”


Rachel Kay, continues

“I have long since been interested in mentoring and I’m really looking forward to inspiring some gardeners of the future.  The challenge has been designed to teach young people new skills – including teamwork, design and planning – and to encourage a love of gardening, as a hobby or potential career.  These are all areas we have bags of experience and enthusiasm for. The RHS Green Plan It Challenge provides a really unique and practical opportunity for pupils to engage with the local environment, learn new skills, and understand just what a range of careers are available within the landscaping and horticulture industries.

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