A Worcestershire school will be bringing back the Tudors at this year's RHS Malvern Spring Festival thanks to help from a local home builder.
Bovis Homes has sponsored Malvern Wells Primary School's entry in the Festival's School Garden Challenge, where students are this year tasked with demonstrating what they think makes Britain truly great.
“We asked the children to go wild with their imaginations and come up with ideas for this year's garden design,” says Chris Bayley, a volunteer parent at Malvern Wells who is helping with the project. “The Tudor theme was very popular, so we decided to create a garden in this style, however we've tried to incorporate ideas from all of their designs, including waterwheels, bees and castles!”
The school, which is close to the Three Counties Showground where the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is held and the only Malvern school taking part, has titled its entry 'Back to the Tudors', with the overall shape of the garden in the form of a rose.
“The Tudors are a big part of British history and there's a lot of inspiration we can take from them. For example, they made honey, so we're making a beehive and creating bees out of corks for the garden,” says Jemima, 10.
Each of the four classes at the school have been tasked with creating elements of the garden, from creating the cork bees, painting the beehive and decorating the dovecote. In addition to this, every student was given a geranium to take home and grow ready to be planted in the garden.
“Thanks to Bovis Homes' donation we've been able to purchase materials to create unique elements for the garden, such as a dovecote and Tudor-framed bug hotel, which has really enhanced the design,” explains Chris. “We're also using lots of recycled materials by re-using items from last year as well as creating features from everyday objects you wouldn't usually find in your garden!”
It will take the students, with the help from volunteer parents, a week to build the four-metre square garden. This is the third year the school has entered a garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival, with the garden last year achieving a commended award.
“My favourite part was coming up with the design, but I'm looking forward to going to site to start building the garden - it was really muddy last time!” says Alice, 10.
“We are delighted to support Malvern Wells School with its garden at this year's RHS Malvern Spring Festival,” says regional marketing manager, Stephanie Spry. “It's a fantastic project and it's lovely to see the whole school get involved. It's great that we can play our part and support local initiatives like these, which help children to learn a whole range of skills.”
As well as supporting Malvern Wells Primary School, Bovis Homes has joined forces with local landscape designer, Dan Ryan and will be exhibiting a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
Bovis Homes has recently joined the local community in nearby Welland with its St James Green location which includes a range of two to five-bedroom homes.