It has been a real joy to see the schoolchildren in Devon having such great fun growing vegetables for the Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey Gardens. The gardens will be staged in the Great Pavilion at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Peter Seabrook from The Sun newspaper and Jane Hartley from Miracle-Gro joined me to zip around 6 different schools, thanks to the help and encouragement from Alan Murdoch, Executive Director of Fermoy’s Garden Centre, Newton Abbott.
We visited Landscove Primary School, near Totnes, where pupils received advice on transplanting turnip seedlings into a Giant Planter. We hear that Tom came in over the weekend to complete the task with perfect spacing. Well done Tom.
Next, it was on to Bidwell Brook Special School where Sam introduced us to eager garden learners enjoying the good weather. The onions and shallots being grown by pupils of Brixham Primary School have shot up thanks to the sunny weather although raised beds at White Rocks Primary, near Paignton, were covered each night to keep wildlife at bay. Girls from the Stoodleigh Knowne Preparatory School showed us their perfect Hispi cabbage seedlings and Italian salad leaves, while pupils of Decoy Primary were hard at work weeding their strawberry beds when we arrived. In the greenhouse turnip seedlings and asparagus were well advanced thanks to good care and mild weather.
Our thanks go to all the teachers and helpers who gave us such a hearty Devon welcome and special mention for the cream tea we enjoyed at Fermoy’s Garden Centre after we had spent 7 hours touring round beautiful countryside without a break. A perfect end to a perfect day.