Benefits to school, teachers & community
In addition to the many educational, social, and health-related benefits, schoolyard gardens and greening projects can attract more wildlife to your site and benefit your local ecosystem. Planting native species, increasing the tree canopy and vegetable gardens will improve your schoolyard habitat and increase the site’s biodiversity and health. Some schoolyard projects help to reduce storm water runoff and improve water quality on your site and in your watershed; others improve air quality or draw new bird species to your site. In addition to these critical environmental benefits, schoolyard greening projects beautify your school grounds. Fruit trees can supply food and shade for the students as well as an eco-environment to study for birds and butterfies.
Like a team sport or mascot, gardening can offer a symbolic locus of school pride and spirit. Gardening offers schools a way of helping children to identify with their school and to feel proud of their own individual contribution. Gardening ties students to the social and material history of the land. Gardeners from the community can be brought in to demonstrate local, traditional gardening techniques and the traditional uses of particular plant. Increased parental involvement in the school brings the community a little closer which benefits the child, the teacher and the school.