Stewart Garden schools winner announced

Warren Road Primary School is the winner of the Stewart Garden Schools programme 2015.

The school, based in Orpington, Greater London, will receive £1,000 to spend at its local garden centre.

Created and run by Stewart Garden, the gardening division of UK manufacturer, Stewart Group Holdings, the programme was open to school pupils aged 6-11 years. It challenged schools to be creative with Stewart Garden products.

Warren Road Primary School impressed the judges with the way the programme was incorporated into the curriculum and how Stewart Garden products were used, such as the 22cm Kitchen Garden Propagator sets and premium seed tray. Activities for the programme were done through Warren Road Primary School’s Eco Club, which is enjoyed by students from reception to year six.

The students first weeded existing beds for seedlings, before demonstrating great initiative by hanging CDs and pots over the plants to frighten birds away from their produce.    

At the end of the programme, Warren Road Primary School produced courgettes, potatoes, parsley, carrots, onions, tomatoes and other great produce. The students planted herbs and flowers with their vegetables to make colourful beddings and keep away pests.

Throughout the competition, Warren Road Primary School installed Stewart Garden water butts to collect and reuse rainwater and their Composter’s for organic fertiliser.

Christine Millband, sustainability subject leader at Warren Road Primary School, said: "Everyone at Warren Road Primary School is ecstatic to win the Stewart Garden Schools programme 2015. Students from reception to year six were all involved in the project and their enthusiasm to grow was inspiring. Throughout the programme we wanted the students to make the key decisions, from which produce to grow to how much they should be sold for. With the £1,000 to spend at our local garden centre, we want to continue this. The students will decide how the money is spent to sustain the fantastic work they have already done. The Stewart Garden Schools 2015 programme has taught our students so many valuable lessons about growing your own produce that will last a lifetime."    

Andy Burns, managing director at Stewart Garden said: "Everyone at Stewart Garden would like to congratulate Warren Road Primary School. Great skills and real innovation made its entry standout. Warren Road Primary School has instilled an important understanding of growing your own produce among its students. Hopefully, this will last a lifetime."

Nine runners up in the Stewart Garden Schools programme 2015 will each receive £100 to spend at their local garden centre. In alphabetical order, these are:

  • Balgowan Primary School, Beckenham, Kent
  • Holmes Chapel Primary School, Crewe, Cheshire East
  • Lough View Integrated Primary School, Church Road, Belfast
  • Mowmacre Hill Primary School, Tedworth Green, Leicester
  • Stafford Preparatory School, Burton Manor, Stafford
  • The Weatheralls Primary School, Soham, Cambridgeshire
  • The Topsham School, Topsham, Devon
  • Vale First Middle School, Worthing, West Sussex
  • Whitehorse Manor Infant School, Whitehorse Road, Thornton Heath

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