Le Rondin School children enjoy Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project ‘Wiggly Worms’ workshop

February 23rd, 2012 by Bedell Group

CHILDREN at Le Rondin School and Centre were treated to a hands-on master class on the art of no-dig gardening.

As part of the Bedell and Floral Guernsey’s Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project, 21 pupils aged between seven and nine took part in the ‘Wiggly Worms’ workshop at Queux Patio Plants on Tuesday 21 February 2012, organised by Green Legacy Guernsey.

The Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project was launched in January 2008 with all Bailiwick infant and primary schools now on-board. The project is aimed to introduce all infant and primary school children to the wonders of gardening as well as encourage healthy eating and environmental responsibility.

The ‘Wiggly Worms’ workshop will explore the no-dig garden concept taught by Nigel Clarke from Queux Patio Plants. The no-dig garden approach involves a raised garden bed, which can be placed anywhere in the garden. Each bed mimics nature to create a natural mini-ecosystem so the process is fairly low maintenance; the beds only require sun, soil and seeds.

‘The ‘Wiggly Worms’ workshops are tailored specifically to the ages of the children we are teaching. We put a strong emphasis on making our classes very hands-on to get the children involved as much as possible, and teach them skills they can use at home or at school. It’s lovely to see so many youngsters enthusiastic about growing their own plants and food,’ said Mr Clarke.

‘We are very thankful to Bedell and Floral Guernsey for subsidising the ‘Wiggly Worms’ workshop. Many of the children with learning difficulties enjoy sensory activities such as gardening as they get immediate feedback from it and will also be able to see their hard work come to fruition later in the year.

As well as funding a variety of projects the gardening initiative has also provided gardening equipment to Bailiwick infant and primary schools.

All of the money donated by Floral Guernsey is used by Green Legacy to purchase trees, which are given free to parish floral groups to plant in areas accessible to the public.

Green Legacy Guernsey is a Quality Badge holder for learning outside the classroom, is the only holder in Guernsey and the first of two in the Channel Islands.

Any infant or primary school interested in participating in a hands-on workshop or for advice on their school gardening should contact Ann Wragg Floral Guernsey schools coordinator on 01481 232654 or email a.hw @ clara.co.uk


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