Gardening club commendation
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