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Award: Pupils win accolade for school garden

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 01, 2012

Stratton pupils are celebrating after being presented with a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) award in recognition of their gardening achievements. Pictured with some of the students, from front left, are head teacher Phil Aldis; teaching assistant and head of the gardening club, Lindsey Faulkner; and Alison Bockh, from the RHS.

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STRATTON Primary School on Wednesday received a top award from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), in recognition of its gardening achievements.

Stratton is registered to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

Alison Bockh, a representative from the RHS, presented the school with a plaque, certificate and tree. The campaign is a nationwide initiative that encourages schools to develop gardens for use by all their pupils.

Schools are helped to progress along a benchmarking scheme, through five levels, and once a school has fully integrated the garden into its daily life, using it as a teaching resource in as many lessons as possible, the school is presented with an award from the RHS. Stratton has reached level five.

Jacky Chave, RHS strategic schools manager, said: "We are so proud of all the school has achieved; its garden is fantastic and everyone who has worked on it has done a fabulous job. It means that every child will have access to a fascinating world full of nature.

"Not only will the children get hands-on experience of gardening and growing, but they'll also be able to learn about other subjects, using the garden as an outdoor classroom. It will spark their imaginations and lead them to learn so many new things everyday."

The primary school's Lindsey Faulkner said: "We are delighted about the progress that our school garden has made. We have linked it with our science work on growing things. Children also made scarecrows as part of their design technology work last year. The children have learnt so much about where food comes from and enjoyed the experience of getting their hands dirty and growing things.

"They were delighted to be able to have some of their potatoes and salad crops served up in their school dinners."

For more information on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, which is free to join, providing seeds, lesson plans and online support, visit rhs.org.uk/schoolgardeing

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