Friday 2 May 2014
TV presenter David Domoney yesterday presented Cranberry Academy, Alsager with a stunning Hartley Botanic greenhouse worth £4,000 for its fantastic effort during the fourth annual national ‘Get Your Grown-ups Growing’ initiative hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening.
The Cheshire-based academy devoted an entire week to a Get Your Grown-ups Growing event, challenging each class to design the best scarecrow, recycled planter, insect house and wind chimes. Volunteer grown-ups helped pupils build two raised beds, as well as plant 100 spring bulbs, 100 onions sets and 30-40 peas.
Of their victory, Teaching Assistant, Jane Sawdon said; “We are delighted and excited to have won this year’s RHS Get Your Grown-ups Growing. Our future plans for our outdoor learning and garden development involves planting a 14 tree fruit orchard, installing water butts and compost bins, planting soft fruit, shrubs, potatoes and vegetables. We also intend to be part of Alsager in Bloom 2014.
“Winning the greenhouse will allow us to realise and develop our dream that each child within our school will have the opportunity to feel, watch, smell, and taste home-grown fruit and vegetables. We want to ensure that all our children develop skills to sow, grow, harvest and cook their own food. We can’t wait to get started on this adventure!”
Throughout October, a record number of schools across the UK rallied local grown-ups to help put together an event for Get Your Grown-ups Growing 2013. Friends and family were encouraged to sow seeds, plant bulbs and build and maintain raised beds, as well as take part in fundraising events, gardening games and fruit and vegetable tasting.
More than 1,900 schools signed up to the initiative, each receiving a free support pack containing four packs of Marshalls seeds, stickers, posters and useful event ideas and information. Adding further excitement, a grand prize of Hartley Botanic Wisley 8 greenhouse worth £4,000 was offered to the school that help the most inspiring event.
The school was presented the greenhouse by TV presenter and supporter of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, David Domoney who said; “Cranberry Academy put on a really inspiring event and managed to involve the whole school together with parents and volunteers from the local community. When speaking with the teachers, their passion for gardening and outdoor learning is very apparent and this was reflected in the amount of effort they all put in to make their Get Your Grown-ups Growing week a roaring success.
“Gardening can have an amazing impact on a child, allowing them to explore new skills and express themselves in a way they may not be able to in a classroom environment. I’m a huge supporter of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Get Your Grown-ups Growing is just one way the campaign can help to encourage schools, and also the community, to discover the fun that can be had outside, as well as the benefits that gardening can have to a child’s future development.”
Get Your Grown-ups Growing began in 2009 as a small project in Yorkshire and has developed into a huge national campaign. Schools Communications Officer, RHS Campaign for School Gardening, Alana Tapsell, said; “Gardens are incredibly valuable to schools and can really help pupils develop skills and get closer to the environment they live in. Keeping a garden maintained can be a challenge when trying to fit in time around lessons in the classroom. Hosting events such as these is a fantastic way to encourage the community to pitch in, share knowledge and resources and keep things growing.”
The competition has now opened for 2014 and schools can apply for their support pack at rhs.org.uk/gygg where they will also find tips on choosing suitable activities and handy materials to help promote their event successfully.
This year, a selection of lucky schools will win an RHS trained member of staff to attend and help out at their event and one lucky school will receive a visit from David Domoney.
Notes to editors
For more information, please contact Alana Tapsell, Schools Communications Officer for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ed Horne in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3356 or email email@example.com
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About the RHS Campaign for School Gardening
The RHS actively involves more than 18,500 schools across the UK in growing and gardening through its Campaign for School Gardening. Children are taught about plants and gardening and their environment. Through gardening they learn about healthy fruit and vegetables, wildlife and important life skills such as teamwork, social skills and co-operation. Huge benefits are to be had from using an outdoor classroom where children can learn in a fun, engaging way. Information, lesson plans and advice for schools is provided online and is backed up by support from the RHS education team and Campaign for School Gardening Regional Advisors. rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.
Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment. rhs.org.uk
About Hartley Botanic
Established in 1938, Hartley Botanic is Britain's leading manufacturer of premium quality glasshouses. Committed to the finest materials and expert craftsmanship, the company creates both traditional and contemporary aluminium and glass structures which last a lifetime - from small greenhouses for private gardens to huge commercial glasshouses for Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Oxford Botanic Gardens, the RHS Rosemoor Plant House and the Bonsai House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - as well as discerning clients in the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and Australia. The Hartley range can be viewed at hartley-botanic.co.uk - and for clients who want something unique, there is a custom design service, too.
About David Domoney
David co-presents with Alan Titchmarsh the most-watched gardening television show in Britain today. ITV1’s Love Your Garden peaked last year at 4.6 million viewers and has been re-commissioned for a new prime-time series of eight one-hour shows plus holiday specials for 2014.
David is a Fellow of The Institute of Horticulture and sits on the RHS Commercial Board. He pioneered the Young Gardeners of the Year competition in association with the Princes Foundation for Building Community (now in its fourth year). More than 250 students from around Britain have had first-hand experience building show gardens, and each year their creations are shown to a quarter of a million visitors at London’s Ideal Home Show.
David has won 28 RHS medals to date, including gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and BBC Gardeners World Live, plus and two Best in Show RHS category trophies.
For more information visit daviddomoney.com, follow @daviddomoney on Twitter and like David on Facebook.
Marshalls has long been the first choice of prize vegetable growers and the growing army of gardeners who want fresh and tasty food from their gardens and allotments. We are well known for our award-winning potatoes and onions, top-class fruit and vegetables plus we also offer a full range of flower seeds and plants to attract pollinators to the plot.
The best quality products and excellent customer service are watchwords for us here at Marshalls and as keen growers ourselves we are proud to sponsor Get Your Grown-ups Growing as part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. marshalls-seeds.co.uk
RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit rhs.org.uk/join.
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