What a day! While we try to make every school visit to the Miracle-Gro’wers stand an amazing experience, nothing matches the excitement and fear of being interviewed on television.
Dylan and Skye from Hobletts Manor Junior School, Hemel Hempstead, experienced that fear and trepidation on Friday when thy faced a BBC TV crew of three cameras, a director, a researcher, three technicians and two wranglers to control the crowds that gathered around them. No wonder they were nervous as they were miked-up and introduced the presenter Andy Sturgeon.
After a few technical problems, the interview went exceedingly smoothly with the pair of them holding some of the new vivid Gerberas from the Sweet series. It was all over in about 30 minutes with Dylan and Skye performing like professional stars of the future. Here’s a picture taken immediately after the finish.
You can see the relief in their eyes. Well done to both of them and Mr Wallis who hurriedly obtained parental consent to the broadcast in double quick time. You can see Friday’s 3pm BBC1 programme on the BBC catch-up web site. It’s about 20 minutes into the broadcast.
Talking to the visitors was less stressful for the pupils of Galleywood Infant School who travelled from Chelmsford, Essex. Jonathan, Charlie, Alice and Lily did a great job showing off a fruiting strawberry. This ‘Malling Centenary’ plant was on our stand last year and had been pollinated by the pupils to ensure big juicy fruits this year.
Sonia and Ben from St Anne Line Junior School, Basildon enjoyed talking and visitors enjoyed seeing the work book that Sonia brought along. Four pupil from East Bergholt, Maddison, Madeleine, Gabriel and Liam kept the crowds entertained with stories about their experimental plants, while Abi and Becky from Richard Lander School, Truro, Cornwall, explained that they had not only designed Juliet’s balcony, they had built it too.
Another West country school came along in the afternoon with Eleanor and Carys representing Chudleigh Knighton Primry School, Newton Abbot.
P.S. did I tell you that Lord Nash, Under Secretary of State for Schools came on the stand on Thursday to find out how we get so many schools involved in growing so many beautiful plants.