Part 1 – Problem Based Learning – What improvements can be made to the urban green areas?
The lesson will begin with students working in groups of 5, they will be presented with images of urban green areas that have become run down and are not being looked after. They will be asked to work as a group and solve the problems in these areas. As a group, they must decide what they would like to see improved in these urban green areas and what facilities they would like to add. The ideal urban garden will be created using simulation programmes for design and will be submitted as a group project at the end.
Urban green areas are all around, for example; where people live, work and play, from small communities in rural areas to large metropolitan cities. This includes trees on public and private land, along streets, in residential areas, parks and commercial developments, and in other locations within a community. They may be planted by design or have grown by accident. Trees are an important part of our community, but tree and plant planting, maintenance and protection require an investment of resources, including time and money. Are the benefits that trees and plants offer to our communities bigger than their costs? The answer is yes. These teaching resources aim to make students aware of the need for improving green spaces, adding new spaces, as well as knowing the benefits of trees and plants in our daily life.
They will also be encouraged to develop green spaces, because at the minute there is not enough compared to the population in suburban areas. The main aim of the teaching resource is to confront the problems in the urban green areas, determine why they happened, how to deal with them and thus learn the skills and techniques necessary to improve them. The students will work directly with environmental and nursery staff, to help improve the living situation of local residents, and work closely to solve the problems in these urban green spaces, creating a place of tranquillity and relaxation for local residents.