The HAP programme was initially embedded in Project 3000 which hypothesises sustainable solutions to living on the planet. Students worked with a renowned landscape designer to develop a site provided by the Eden Project. Within their designs, students addressed climate change and food shortage issues likely to be prevalent in the year 3000.
Learning about horticulture careers and developing essential employability skills
Working with 5 schools initially, all local to the Eden Project, HAP offers students aged 13/14 a programme of ten HAP Challenges. Each Challenge offers the students opportunities to understand and learn more about horticulture careers and develop essential employability skills. Challenges to date include looking at irrigation systems and water conservation; soil ecology and climate change, biochemistry and micro-propagation; and the challenges of food production. All HAP graduates will have an opportunity to apply for an EPL apprenticeship in due course. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the HAP challenges are in the process of transitioning to a virtual delivery method – “HAP in a Box”.
Creating a national horticulture curriculum and programme of supporting teacher CPD
Eden Project Learning are using the HAP project to develop a national horticulture curriculum and programme of supporting teacher CPD, accredited for delivery in secondary schools. Currently EPL is working on the development of remote learning opportunities to support both the HAP project and their ongoing delivery of degrees and apprenticeships.