November 4 deadline to enter Guernsey primary and infant schools gardening competition

October 21st, 2011 by Bedell Group

THE Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project – sponsored by Bedell in association with Floral Guernsey – aims to help Bailiwick children to understand environmental issues and experience gardening at school.

BBC Gardener Alys Fowler joins Forest Primary School children and teachers and Ann Wragg of Floral Guernsey to launch Guernsey school gardening competition (click image to expand - Image courtesy of Bedell Group)

The school gardening competition runs for a year and winners will be announced in July 2012.

The first prize winner will be offered the choice of one of the following: either the David Hunt bushcraft workshop or £1,000 cash. The winning infant or primary school must demonstrate the best development of gardening as an integral part of its culture of all the entries.

There are also two runner-up prizes of £100 and signed books by Alys Fowler, who visited Forest Primary School and St Andrew’s Primary School earlier in the year.

‘The competition is such a great idea to help the children and staff at all participating schools to focus on the progress of their garden and record it as they go. I was pleased to see that St Andrew’s Primary School has recently adopted the ‘no dig’ method – less digging, more compost – for its vegetable garden,’ said Alys.

Infant and primary schools are asked to enter the competition by emailing Nikki Symons.

Schools wishing to enter must register with Floral Guernsey co-ordinator Nikki Symons by Friday 4 November 2011.

Each school must produce a portfolio of photographs and a diary of events through the academic year. This must show progress in their gardening skills and include a summary from teaching staff, which illustrates the value of gardening and the importance of care for the environment in their planning.

Among other criteria is that gardening activities must be part of the curriculum and involve as many pupils as possible, and that the school demonstrates how gardening develops awareness of where food comes from and healthy eating options.

The team of judges will visit each school in June 2012.

David Hunt was in the Bailiwick in September for this year’s Floral Guernsey Autumn Festival Week, his bushcraft workshops were particularly popular with the island’s primary school children.

To volunteer or find out more about Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project, please contact Ann Wragg at a.hw @ clara.co.uk.

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Little Green Fingers aims to give every child, regardless of circumstances, the opportunity to experience the joy of growing vegetables and other plants, raise awareness of where food comes from and of environmental issues, and encourage team and community spirit through competition.

 

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