Gar­den­ing club com­men­da­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MALT­MAN’S GREEN School in Ger­rards Cross is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing a whole school com­men­da­tion from the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RCS) for its gar­den­ing work.

The school was recog­nised for the five sep­a­rate gar­den­ing clubs it runs, with year five stu­dent Josephine Ward re­ceiv­ing a com­men­da­tion for her per­sonal work men­tor­ing younger gar­den­ers in the school. But the girls were said to be more de­lighted to re­turn to school to a bumper harvest this year.

In the first two weeks of term the girls have har­vested run­ner beans, toma­toes, rhubarb, let­tuce and onions for the chefs to cook for the school lunches.

Sun­flow­ers, dahlias and in­ter­est­ingly shaped, tex­tured and coloured squashes have all been pro­duced for art les­son, along with flow­ers for the school of­fice.

All the pro­duce is grown in ac­cor­dance with the sus­tain­abil­ity

RECOG­NI­TION: Malt­man’s Green in Ger­rards Cross is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing a whole school com­men­da­tion from the RCS for its gar­den­ing work prin­ci­ples that the school holds dear as a holder of a Green Flag.

They use or­ganic meth­ods and en­joy the low food miles that the gar­den pro­vides for the school kitchen and din­ing room.

An­to­nia Lee, head of sus­tain­abil­ity, said: “All the re­search shows how im­por­tant it is for chil­dren to be out­side and con­nected to na­ture and the source of food. “Chil­dren will be much more likely to try food if they un­der­stand where it comes from and are ex­cited by it.

“Last week while har­vest­ing a year three girl ex­claimed, ‘This is so ex­cit­ing – I might try let­tuce to­mor­row in lunch coz it’s ours’.

The older girls who have been gar­den­ing for years, like Josy, are able to gain in con­fi­dence and life skills by men­tor­ing younger mem­bers of the clubs. As a school we celebrate ex­cel­lence while hav­ing fun and our Gar­den­ing clubs typ­ify that spirit.” Ch­eryl Jack­son and Coco

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