The programme was set up in 1992 with the equivalent of three full-time landscape architects and has since gained wide recognition for the ground-breaking work it has achieved.
The central philosophy of the programme is based on two principles of supporting schools:
To take an in-depth view of the whole site
To involve the whole school on the planning and decision making process.
Video clip: Hear a Headteacher explaining the value of wider involvementGet the Flash Player to see this player.
The Schools Landscape Programme information sheet may be helpful when sharing information about the programme with other members of your school community.
The aim of the programme is to support schools in the development of a clear, strategic vision for the improvement of your school grounds followed by guidance and advice towards specific changes.
The Schools Landscape Programme adopts an inclusive approach, opening up the process so that it engages young people and all sections of the school community.
It is essential to give everyone in the school community an opportunity to be involved: pupils, staff, parents, governors and neighbours.
Because they all hold key information and knowledge about the grounds from different points of view.
Because giving everyone a chance to be involved puts ownership of the project with the school. The whole-site strategy is more sustainable in the longer term if this happens.
This approach achieves solutions that consider the needs of all users.
A way of working has been developed by the Schools Landscape Programme both to give everyone the opportunity to be involved and to establish a clear step by step, transparent process.
The success of the whole process relies on the development of a close collaboration between each school and the Schools Landscape Programme.
In order to give everyone the opportunity to be involved and to participate, there are two key components to the process:
A grounds Steering Group which has representatives from all sectors of the school community
A clear step by step process that is followed with all schools so that each school knows what to expect and what stage they are at.
Download a clear step by step process 43kb