Ethnobotanist James Wong visits Amherst Primary School Gardening Club to share his knowledge

October 9th, 2011 by Bedell Group

Ethnobotanist and TV gardener James Wong visited the Amherst Primary School Gardening Club as part of the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project.

Amherst Primary School gardening club with James Wong (centre) and Mark Helyar (right) (click image to expand - ©Chris George)

Mr Wong visited Guernsey for Floral Guernsey’s Autumn Festival Week, sponsored by Skipton International.

The children nibbled their way through lavender, Nasturtium and lemon Verbena flowers, which they had washed and collected from the fields surrounding the school.

Head teacher Tracey Moore said the children were excited to learn from James and show him their garden.

‘We were delighted to welcome James to our gardening club. He proved a real inspiration to the children who were still talking about him the following day. James made gardening exciting and accessible and I know that he left a lasting impression on everyone he met,’ she said.

Mr Wong also visited the children at the Vale Infant and Vale Junior Schools.

Mark Helyar, Bedell Cristin’s managing partner in Guernsey, said it was great to see that the children were so interested in gardening and meeting James.

‘The aim of the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project, which is now in its fourth year, is to introduce all primary-school aged children to gardening and to educate them about their environment. In a world of reliance on convenience foods many youngsters today are not aware where their food comes from,’ said Mr Helyar.

Mr Wong, who visted the island last year to film an episode of Countryfile, was delighted to spend time with the children and answer their questions.

‘I love getting great questions. The children were so enthusiastic and really knew their stuff,’ he said.

The Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project, in association with Floral Guernsey, has worked with all infant and primary shools in the Bailiwick since its inception and is led by Floral Guernsey school’s co-ordinator Ann Wragg.

‘It was so fantastic to see the children interactiing with James and for them to show him some of what they have learnt in their gardening club.’

For more information about the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project please contact Ann Wragg at a.hw @


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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