Spa School in Bermondsey has received £13,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Young Roots programme for 80 young people from Spa School with autism and Asperger's syndrome to learn about and get involved with the heritage of plants.
This will include researching the collection at Chumleigh Multicultural Gardens to establish the role of plant collection in the UK's heritage; from the influence of plants on medicine and diet, to their links with a number of traditions and seasonal festivities.
The project will create a permanent display at the Gardens to show the students' findings, as well as setting up a plant exchange scheme between the Gardens and Spa School to get all students actively involved.
The Young Roots programme awards grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to projects involving young people aged 13-20. The grants help these groups to celebrate the history and heritage that interests them most, as well as giving the chance to develop new skills, confidence and their own sense of community involvement.