RHS advisors to introduce ‘Get your grown-ups growing’ initiative to Guernsey primary school children

August 22nd, 2012 by Bedell Group

Notre Dame du Rosaire Primary School were Bedell Little Fingers Schools' Project competition winners in 2012 (click image to expand - image courtesy of Bedell Group)

Teachers and parents will be treated to a seminar, providing ideas and resources for all their gardening and growing initiatives, by the Royal Horticultural Society as part of the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project – in association with Floral Guernsey.

Bedell Group’s Little Green Fingers project 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.

Three participants from each of the island’s primary and infant schools, including teachers, teaching assistants, parents and members of the PTA, will be invited to attend this one-off event on Saturday 22 September 2012.

The RHS trained advisors will also be visiting some of the island’s primary and infant schools’ gardening clubs on Friday 21 September 2012 holding workshops with the children.

“Experienced RHS trained advisors Alison Findlay and Anne Gunning will be running a relaxed and informative seminar and will provide ideas and resources for gardening and growing initiatives to develop school grounds for growing, wildlife and learning,” said Ann Wragg, Floral Guernsey schools coordinator.

They will also be introducing the RHS ‘Get Your Grown-ups Growing’ initiative which is part of the Campaign for School Gardening.

Schools will be encouraged to host an event in October 2012 where their grandparents, parents, carers and friends will be invited to help in their garden.

The first 2,000 schools to sign up to ‘Get Your Grown-ups Growing’ will receive a pack which includes seeds, stickers and a poster for their event.

The RHS seminar will take place at St Andrew’s Primary School, which will give attendees the opportunity to view the school’s environmental area with Jubilee trail, bird hide, pond and outdoor classroom.

“We are looking forward to the forthcoming RHS seminar as it will be a really good opportunity for everyone to share ideas with one another in order to enhance and extend our outdoor environments,” said St Andrew’s Primary School headteacher Linda Paley.

“This helps children to understand more about the environment, develop healthy lifestyles and increase their knowledge about where their food comes from. As well enhancing many aspects of the curriculum in a way that is real and relevant for all our children.”

Seminar attendees will also be encouraged to bring their diaries, portfolios and photographs of their gardens to engage their school in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening Benchmarking Scheme which provides a step-by-step guide to developing a school garden, encourages the setting of goals and provides motivation to garden, helps make gardening a regular part of school life and progress is rewarded with certificates, seeds, tools, vouchers and other gardening goodies.

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


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