Project name: VERTICAL PLANT LIFE
Strategic Partnership for vocational education and training
KA2-Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
Programme: Erasmus+ / Call 2015
Project duration: 1.9.2015 – 31.10.2017
Living walls are becoming an important aspect of urban living – allowing edible and ornamental plants to be grown as a business or as part of a community programme or simply for pleasure. Additionally, internal walls can make important positive contributions to the air quality of buildings and generally help improve working environments. Overall, living walls can contribute important goods and services to urban areas.
The general aim of the Vertical Plant Life project was to provide a quality assurance approach to the construction and maintenance of living walls. This utilised a European credit system: a recognition of skills and qualifications for vocational education and training, (VET) through European reference tools.
Project partners carried out a survey of industry and academic participants. Knowledge, skills and competences were identified to determine training needs for a qualified workforce to build and maintain living walls.
The University of Greenwich, Biotechnical Centre Naklo, and Humko d.o.o. analysed the results to develop a new and innovative educational and training module for students and in-service teacher training, comprising an in-depth study of living walls and green infrastructure.
This innovative module was incorporated into existing formal VET educational programmes, such as horticulture, gardening, landscaping, nature preservation, and agriculture, to bridge the gap between labour market demand and existing education.
During the project, exterior and interior living were built as teaching and learning units at three VET centres: Hadlow College (GB) Biotechnical Centre Naklo (SI) and Terra MBO Groningen (NL).
The developed e-learning material and other project results are published and available on the VALOR EU platform and on partner organizations’ home webpages.
The project has brought together five partners who have worked together across the subject areas of horticulture, landscaping, agriculture, gardening, nature preservation and renewable energy. Each partner’s expertise has contributed to the project and jointly led to excellent results for student learning and the overall achievement of our project objectives.
e-Textbook Vertical Gardening
1. Biotehniški center Naklo, Strahinj, Slovenija, www.bc-naklo.si
phone: +386 4 277 21 21
2. University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, greenroofslivingwalls.org
3. Humko d.o.o., Sebenje, Bled, Slovenija, www.humko.si
4. Hadlow College, Hadlow, United Kingdom
5. Terra MBO, Groningen, Netherlands, www.terra.nl
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