Living walls are a positive component for the challenges of urban living and urban climate mitigation through the use of plants, both ornamental and edible. There are environmental and economic benefits to exterior and interior living walls such as thermal insulation, energy consumption reduction, air quality improvement, water resource management and overall well-being.
Hadlow College and 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 analysed the results and together with Humko d.o.o. developed contents for a new and innovative educational module for students and in-service teacher training involving living walls. The module will be incorporated into existing formal VET educational programmes, e.g. horticulture, gardening, landscaping, nature preservation, agriculture etc., to bridge the gap between labour market demand and existing education. During the project, exterior and interior living walls were built as teaching and learning units at three VET centres: Hadlow College (U.K.), Biotehniški center Naklo (Slovenia), and AOC Groningen (Netherlands).Developed e-learning material and other project results are published and available on the VALOR EU platform and on partners’ websites.
Training manual and other outputs can be downloaded from here:
Dr. Howard Lee, Lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture, Animal and Land Management, who managed the project at Hadlow College said: “Land-based subjects are at the core of what we teach here at Hadlow, and it is crucial to incorporate new green technology and trends into our curriculum to improve student employability in the future. Green walls have a large part to play in urban horticulture, offering opportunities for community food growing, along with improving biodiversity and air quality.”