Ten island schools compete in Little Green Fingers Schools’ project

May 15th, 2012 by Bedell Group

Ten of the island’s schools are taking part in this year’s Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project Competition – sponsored by Bedell in association with Floral Guernsey.

The competition, launched by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler, aims to help Bailiwick children to understand environmental issues and experience gardening at school.

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

‘The competition provides an opportunity for the children and staff at all participating schools to focus on the progress of their garden and record it as they go,’ said Ann Wragg, Floral Guernsey Schools’ Coordinator.

“We have visited some of the participating schools and will be seeing others in the coming weeks to help them along with their projects. Many have completed the planning stage and are busy planting out their seedlings and getting everything ready for the summer growing season. The Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project offers assistance with the purchase of equipment, seeds and plants throughout the year to help schools on their way as well as being on had to answer any gardening questions,” said Mrs Wragg.

Schools participating include: Amherst Primary School, Beechwood School, Forest Primary School, La Mare de Carteret Primary School, Notre Dame du Rosaire RC Primary School, St Andrew’s Primary School, St Mary & St Michael RC Primary School, St Sampson’s Infant School, La Houguette Primary School and The Link Centre.

The first prize winner will be offered the choice of one of the following: either the David Hunt bushcraft workshop or £1,000 cash.

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 last year as part of the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project.

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.

The judges, which include Phil Merrien, Manager for Parks and Gardens at States Works and Charlie Pinchemain, who has a horticultural background and has previously judged at the West Show and South Show as well as the Floral Guernsey parish establishment competition for St Martin’s and St Andrew’s, will visit each school at the end of June.

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

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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