Bedell Cristin’s Little Green Fingers Guernsey primary schools’ project

July 1st, 2012 by Bedell Group

Judges spent two days visiting island schools taking part in this year’s Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project Competition – sponsored by Bedell in association with Floral Guernsey.

Phil Merrien, Manager for Parks and Gardens at States Works and Bob Paine from Guernsey Gardens, visited eight schools on 27 and Thursday 28 June  2012 with Ann Wragg, the Floral Guernsey Schools’ Co-ordinator.

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

Mrs Wragg said the judges looked for evidence of planned and sustained development of each garden.

“We looked to see how the gardens had developed over the past year and what the students had gained from the process as we believe it is vital that children develop gardening skills and awareness of where food comes from and healthy eating options,” she said.

The schools gardening competition runs for a year and winners will be announced this month.

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.

Schools participating include: Amherst Primary School, Beechwood School, Forest Primary SchoolNotre Dame du Rosaire RC Primary School, St Andrew’s Primary School, St Mary & St Michael RC Primary School, St Sampson’s Infant School, and La Houguette Primary School.

The first prize winner will be offered the choice of one of the following: either the David Hunt bush craft 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 launch for the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project Competition.

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.

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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