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Green-fingered pupils win accolade from RHS judges
3:00pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
PUPILS from the gardening club at Terra Nova School have been awarded a highly commended prize in this year’s RHS Tatton Flower Show.
The school’s Pre-Prep pupils entered the School Trug competition, which can be a trug of fruit and or vegetables, and their hard work was rightly rewarded.
Pupils and staff in Pre-Prep, alongside help from some willing Prep School pupil volunteers, began to cultivate the vegetable and herb garden during the summer term.
Parents donated shrubs and plants, and members of the school’s popular Ground Force Pre-Prep club, an after-school club, then began to plant and tend the vegetables and herbs.
During the summer holidays, Lucy Ellis and Caroline Kirby – reception teachers – ran a Little Gardeners club, which led to the RHS Tatton Flower Show entry.
Lucy Ellis co-ordinated the school’s entry, harvesting the fruit and vegetables at the last moment to ensure they were the best they could be.
She produced a beautiful entry, full of produce including edible flowers, potatoes and strawberries.
Judging took place on July 25, and the school received a highly commended award.
Rachel Cookson, head of Nursery and Pre-Prep, said: “I feel so proud – not just for the end result, but for the staff involved. A huge amount of commitment, time and initiative has taken place, and it has given us all food for thought for next year.
“I would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Lucy for her forethought and determination to drive this project.
“Caroline has worked very hard and has been an excellent support. Combined, they have achieved something very special for the school.”
Martin Hallam, chairman of the board of governors, said: “What a marvellous, heart-warming story arising out of a great show of initiative and endeavour. It reflects great credit on everyone involved.”
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