Wednesday 28 September 2016
• Pupils to celebrate being named the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ‘School Gardening Team of the Year 2016’ with after-school garden party
• Gardeners’ World presenter, Frances Tophill, to spend the day working with the team
• School to receive top of the range greenhouse as part of their prize
Green-fingered pupils at Stafford Manor High School in Stafford will welcome a very special guest on Thursday 29 September when they will be visited by TV gardening expert Frances Tophill, for an outdoor lesson.
The visit forms part of the school’s prize for being named the Royal Horticultural Society ‘School Gardening Team of the Year 2016’.
To welcome Frances and celebrate their win, the 15-strong school gardening team are holding an after-school garden party where they will be cooking up a feast with their school-grown vegetables for pupils and parents.
At the event the school will also be presented with an additional prize of a Classic 'Eight' cedar greenhouse, donated by Gabriel Ash.
Gordon Taylor, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Technician at Stafford Manor School said: “The garden at Stafford Manor High School is unbelievably important to all our pupils and everyone is thrilled about the RHS victory and Frances’s visit.
“It will be a great experience for the team to meet a celebrity gardener and get expert tips and advice on how they can build on the fantastic work they’ve already done in the garden.”
Frances, who was a competition judge, said: “I’m delighted to be visiting Stafford Manor to spend the day working with this inspirational team of young gardeners. The team have worked extremely hard all year to make the garden a productive, pleasant and inspirational space within the school.
“I’m excited about seeing and tasting all the amazing produce they’ve been growing, as well as getting my hands dirty in the garden and working with a great team of pupils.”
The ‘RHS School Gardening Team of the Year’ category, which is designed to recognise an outstanding gardening team that has made a difference to their school environment, was created for teams such as Stafford Manor that share a passion for gardening and display excellent teamwork.
Date: Thursday 29th September 2016
Where: Stafford Manor High School
If you would like to attend the event please contact: Gordon Taylor at Stafford Manor High School on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07855 645105 or Martin Page at the RHS Campaign for School Gardening on email@example.com / 01483 212419.
For more information please contact Garfield Myrie in the RHS press office on 020 7821 3060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
About the RHS Campaign for School Gardening
The RHS School Gardeners of the Year competition is part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, which actively involves more than 29,000 schools across the UK in growing and 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. Using an outdoor classroom where children can learn in a fun, engaging way provides huge benefits. Information, lesson plans and advice for schools is provided online and is backed up by support from the RHS Education team and RHS Campaign for School Gardening Regional Advisors.
Schools and youth organisations can sign up to RHS Campaign for School Gardening online: www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.
We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, 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. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.
The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join
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