A higher education institution in London has embarked on an initiative to go “green” through planting trees for every student who graduates with a diploma course.
London College of Garden Design said that it will donate a tree for each of their 50 students who will graduate with a diploma in Garden Design and Planting Design, in time for students’ graduation this month.
Planted trees will be donated to the NHS Forest, a project coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and is funded by charitable trusts and corporate as well as individual sponsorships, which works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes.
“We have been inspired by recent developments in other countries where graduates will be required to plant trees in order to receive their qualification,” London College of Garden Design Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said.
“We chose the NHS Forest because they have a proven record of planting thousands of trees on NHS land, enabling more people to access green spaces whilst at hospital and to connect with nature,” he added.
“In the garden design profession all know the benefits of green space to our well-being and we have recently run courses on this subject and so the NHS Forest is a fitting recipient of our first year’s tree planting.”
London College of Garden Design has committed to continue supporting projects which promote health benefits of well-designed landscape including sponsorship at this year’s Belvoir Castle Flower & Garden Festival and this donation to the NHS Forest.
It said that it will also continue its ongoing corporate support of Perennial, the industry charity helping people in horticulture.
London College of Garden Design is one of Europe’s higher education colleges specialising in offering professional level courses such as one-year Garden Design Diploma and a unique Planting Design Diploma delivered over 5 months.
By 2020, the college is set to open its new branch in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Australia.
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