As part of P3P Partner’s Green KW community interest solar scheme on the Isle of Wight, we are proud to have built our seventh and largest glasshouse for a local high school. The glasshouse was supported by our business partners APS Produce Group, the UK’s leading tomato and salad crop horticulture specialist, who provided the technical expertise and was built by Cambridge HOK, a leading glasshouse construction specialist.
The schools at which greenhouses have been built previously are Arreton Primary School, Broadlea Primary School, Barton Primary School, Gatten and Lake Primary, Bembridge Primary School, St Helen’s Primary School. The latest glasshouse is at Medina College.
Medina College is one of just three providers in the country to be offering the Cambridge IGCSE in Agriculture and the new glasshouse has been purpose-built to the needs of the students and the new course that they will be following from September.
The specialist and impressive structure allows students at the school to grow plants in a protected area where specific conditions can be maintained to ensure the highest efficiency. Students will be able to grow plants in the glasshouse all year round, which will hugely support them throughout their course and potentially future further education studies.
The school greenhouse projects are having a positive impact beyond expectations, assisting children with additional needs, bringing communities together, supporting STEM subjects, incentivising a healthier diet and the development of green spaces. We are proud to be a part of the local community and look forward to working together on further projects in the future.
For further information, please visit the Isle of Wight Education Federation’s website.