Young gardeners wow In Bloom judges
10:02am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
THE FRUIT of two Thornbury schools’ labour paid off as pupils scooped top accolades for their home-grown vegetables and stunning flower beds.
Gillingstool Primary School picked up the Janet Lines Perpetual Cup at the Thornbury in Bloom community awards for their crop of juicy tomatoes and courgettes, sweet rhubarb and other fresh produce.
Their neighbour New Siblands also reaped the rewards at the closely contested competition, winning a gold certificate for its ingenious ‘caterpillar’ floral display.
Gillingstool outdoor areas coordinator, Andy Kirkup, said: “It’s a valuable lesson for the pupils to see the seeds that they’ve planted grow into something they can eat.
“I’m really pleased we’ve received this award as the whole school has been involved. Together we’ve learnt many new skills about how to grow our own food that we can then devour. It’s a big part of our work on healthy living.”
Pupils and staff are currently preparing the planters for next year’s crop.
In March, new planters were installed outside the classrooms into which a team of staff and parents wheel-barrowed 15 tonnes of soil.
Since then, potatoes, shallots, courgettes, tomatoes, rhubarb and a of bulbs have been sown, grown, harvested, cooked and enjoyed by the whole school.
On the New Siblands side, reception class pupils created a welly-boot caterpillar on a tray of grass for the contest’s Schools Container category.
Children collaborated on the project with their teachers from start to finish. They got their hands dirty filling the Wellington boots, which they used as pots, and chose and tended the various flowers, herbs and fruit plants making up the display for months.
Following judging, pupils donated their winning entry to one of the school’s elderly housebound friends.
New Siblands head teacher Andrew Buckton said: “I am thrilled for the pupils. They have worked hard and winning this award helps us fulfil our school aim of ‘celebrating achievement!’
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