Notre Dame du Rosaire Primary School wins gardening competition

July 12th, 2012 by Bedell Group

Notre Dame du Rosaire Primary School has won this year’s Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project Competition – sponsored by Bedell in association with Floral Guernsey.

The competition’s runners up were Forest Primary School and St Sampson’s Infants School jointly.

The Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project Competition is designed to help Bailiwick children understand environmental issues and the opportunity to experience gardening at school, which they might not get at home.

Floral Guernsey Schools’ Co-ordinator Ann Wragg said the judges were impressed by the high standard of each school particularly in the smaller ones where the children had limited space.

“It was very difficult to choose a winner but Notre Dame du Rosaire Primary School really stood out for all of us. It was a lovely experience to see how proud the children were of their garden and to see how much effort they had put in,” said Mrs Wragg.

Judge, Phil Merrien, said he felt privileged to have had the opportunity to see the eight schools’ gardens entered into the competition.

“We were impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of all the children involved and it was a real pleasure to undertake the judging.”

“It has been very difficult to determine the winners, as the standard was so high throughout.”

“We hope that all the school continue to develop their gardens and that the current gardening clubs supported by the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project and Floral Guernsey pass their knowledge and skills onto the younger children,” he said.

Judge, Bob Paine, said Notre Dame du Rosaire’s garden stood out as a clear winner.

“We were so impressed with the enthusiasm of the gardening club and what the children had achieved with such a difficult site on varying levels. They had made the best of what they could with limited facilities and clearly enjoy gardening to the full.”

“We liked the use of willow to soften the wire netting and the regeneration of the orchard and new planting. Their plans for the future will enable many more children to have the experience of gardening and the pleasure it brings,” said Mr Paine.

Notre Dame du Rosaire Primary School will receive £1,000, which the children plan to use to purchase a pergola with planters to provide a colourful and shaded relaxation area in the playground that can be used for outside learning.

The two runners up will receive £100 and signed books by Alys Fowler. Alys Fowler, BBC Gardeners’ World presenter, launched the competition last year.

Mark Helyar, Bedell Cristin Managing Partner in Guernsey, said there had been a fantastic effort from all of the schools taking part in the competition this year.

“It is very rewarding to see the extent of the impact the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project has had on the students and how much they have gained when it comes to gardening, understanding the environment and learning where their food comes from. I am very much looking forward to see even more schools enter the competition next year.”

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


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