Parents and students are celebrating at a Worcestershire school after securing a top position in the School's Garden Challenge at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
The only school from the town to participate, Malvern Wells Primary School created a Tudor-themed garden which saw them bag a Highly Commended award in the annual event. This is the third time the school has taken part in the Festival and this year's result is the best yet!
"We are thrilled with the result," says parent volunteer Chris Bayley. "The children really enjoyed the whole project, starting with the design workshops, through to growing many of the plants, building the garden and best of all, being at the Spring Festival. We would like to thank all of our supporters and local sponsors [including Roger Allport Nurseries, Caves Folly Nurseries and Bovis Homes], who helped to make it happen."
The garden, which was designed and created by the students themselves, was in the shape of a Tudor rose and featured a water-wheel created with buckets and spades, a dovecote, and a range of plants and flowers. The centre-piece of the garden was a Tudor-framed bug hotel, which was created thanks to a donation from local house-builder Bovis Homes. Following the Festival, the structure is now being dismantled and re-installed in the school garden.
“Malvern Wells Primary School's garden was fantastic,” says Bovis Homes regional marketing manager, Stephanie Spry. “We were blown away with the amount of work and detail that they had put into the garden and they truly deserve the Highly Commended accolade.”
The whole school were involved in the creation of the garden, which was entitled 'Back to the Tudors', with a project team of 10 taking it in turns to visit the Three Counties Showground to put the garden together.
“We are so proud of all the children involved,” says headteacher Alison Earp. “They had to explain to the judges how they had created the garden and answer their questions, and they were also there every day at the Festival to talk to members of the public.”
As part of the School Garden Challenge, the pupils attended workshops prior to the event with former Blue Peter gardener, Chris Collins, to help get them inspired and learn more about growing plants and building structures. He was also on hand during the event for support and guidance and was full of praise for Malvern Wells Primary School's entry.