Founder and director of The Greenwall Company Mark Paul received the 2014 AIH Award of Excellence for Community Projects in recognition of his PET Bottle Greenwall Project. The 2014 AIH Award of Excellence winners were announced on November 7 during the AIH Conference at the Novotel Brighton in Sydney.

Mark said that the AIH Award of Excellence represents recognition and acknowledgement of their PET bottle greenwall projects among the horticultural community.

Rolled out as a school initiative, the PET Bottle Greenwall Project is designed not only to reclaim the built environment but also educate students on the importance of recycling and creating natural habitats with the objective of instilling these environmental values in the next generation.

Completely driven by students, the PET Bottle Greenwall Project provides a fun learning experience while educating school children about reusing and recycling products such as plastic bottles to make something with a purpose.

Mark Paul has spent over 30 years testing and installing greenwalls suited to the Australian climate. The project began with the first PET bottle greenwall being installed at St Rose Catholic School followed by a number of schools who have also implemented the program. The Greenwall Company is working on an educational resource kit, which will allow other schools to take up the greenwall challenge.

Presented by the National Council in recognition of innovative horticultural achievement, the AIH Award of Excellence is open to members who have held AIH memberships for more than four years and have demonstrated consistent achievement in a horticultural field including education and media.