School Gardens Competition
Congratulations to Finahm Primary School for winning the Schools Garden Competition for the fourth year running.
Talented pupils from a school in Coventry have scooped first place in a green-fingered contest for the fourth year in a row.
This year’s Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society’s (KADAS) annual Schools Gardens Competition attracted entries from across the surrounding district.
The society’s panel of judges hailed Finham Primary School, in Green Lane, as the winner for its community garden which features everything from hanging baskets and floral displays to a vegetable patch and wildlife boxes.
It is the fourth year that the school has won the accolade, and to mark the occasion KADAS created a special award in recognition of the children’s hard work and dedication which was presented at a tea party at the school.
Mandy Wilding, assistant head teacher at Finham Primary School, said: “It is wonderful to win the contest four years in a row and that all of the children’s hard work has been recognised by the judges.
“We really value outdoor education and it is an important part of our curriculum. We have a gardening group led by Mrs Hollis and our forest schools teacher Mrs Schofield also does a lot of outdoor activities with the children.
“We grow plants and vegetables, keep chickens and bees, have wildlife boxes such as a bug hotel and hedgehog homes, pick litter, hold pond dipping activities and also hold an annual hanging basket competition.
“Throughout this we allow the children to be creative while teaching them about the environment, recycling and safety.
“Our garden is not something static that we just maintain, it is forever changing all year round and we are always creating something new.
“We are very lucky to have so much garden space and winning a special award from the Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society was a very nice way to finish off the year.
“We will be putting our prize of £75 worth of garden vouchers straight back into our garden.”
Joint runners-up in the competition were St Nicholas C of E Primary School, in Kenilworth, and Our Lady and St Teresa's Catholic Primary School, in Cubbington, while third place went to Thorns Infant School, in Kenilworth.
Cynthia Mold, from KADAS and a member of the judging panel, said: “We were very impressed by the standard of entries into this year’s competition.
“The Schools Gardens Competition is a fantastic way of helping children learn and understand how things grow while having fun at the same time.
“Each school’s entry was completely different, and it was fascinating to see all of the gardens.
“Finham Primary School has created a wonderful, colourful garden which not only included plants, but also vegetables, bees and chickens – there is a real variety of elements to it.
“All of the pupils and staff always demonstrate so much enthusiasm and it was excellent to present the school with a special award to celebrate its pupils winning four years in a row.”