Budding gardeners win green and gold in RHS competition

Thursday 4 June 2015

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Junior School Gardening Club won a Green Award for their creation of a ‘weird and wondrous wonderland’ in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Budding Gardeners Competition

The youngsters, from years 4 to 6 in The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) Junior School, also brought home a gold certificate from the contest, in which pupils of all ages from 14 schools created 1m x 1m gardens at RHS Harlow Carr. The theme was ‘wonderland’ and the brief was to use plants they had grown from seed in planters which they designed and made themselves.

Junior School pupils interpreted the theme by featuring weird and wonderful creatures in their garden, with lots of googly eyes. The Green Award recognised their use of recycled materials including bottle tops, old shoes and planters made from plastic bottles and containers.

They used plants such as marigold, petunia, aubretia and spinach, alongside sweet peas trained to climb up a willow obelisk which they had woven. To top off their creation they also made attractive insects from wire and beads and beautiful butterflies from aluminium foil.

Head of year 5 Chris Wainwright and science leader Gwen Lindsey coordinated the activity. Mrs Wainwright said: “As it was the first time we had entered this competition we were amazed and delighted to win not only the Green Award but a gold certificate too. The engraved trowel trophy will be in pride of place in the Junior School trophy cabinet. Gardening Club members worked extremely hard, and as a team, and we are so proud of their achievements!

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