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Schools visits have started

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

It’s a few weeks now since the Chelsea Flower Show and we’ve managed to locate most of the props and return them to their rightful owners. We were short of the odd Wellington boot here and there and some prized established herbs plants. Sorry Sidmouth College - we hope the replacements will grow into suitable substitutes.

Jane and I have now started the mammoth job of visiting many of the schools that were lucky enough to come to show so that the rest of the pupils can see and experience some of the excitement of this massive achievement.

Digby presentation
Digby Primary School
Pinewood presentation
Pinewood Primary School

First on the run north was Digby Primary School, near Sleaford, Lincs who had arranged an outdoor learning day. Almost all the school squeezed into a large classroom and enjoyed the film and presentation of pictures that Jane had created. Photos in their 1940’s garden provided a great opportunity for the local newspaper to report on an exciting day.

The tour then ventured to East Hunsbury Primary School in Northampton followed by Pinewood Primary in Nottingham. After a night in Bradford we then made a five school whistlestop tour via Fagley Primary, Bradford; Carr Green Primary, Brighouse, Yorks, Balladen Primary, Rawtenstall, Lancashire; St Anne’s (Stanley) Liverpool; finishing off at Barrow After-School Club near Chester, Cheshire. Wow, what a long day - and still a couple of hours to drive to Derby for our overnight stay.

Carr Green, Brighouse presentation
Carr Green Primary School
St Anne, Stanley presentation
St Anne’s (Stanley) Liverpool

Well done to Jane and her trusty sat-nav for getting us around the country safely and on-track. Our only problem was finding a school entrance in the heart of Liverpool – not easy when Mrs Sat-Nav tells you “You’ve arrived”, but you’re still a couple of streets away.

Our final stop was to Chaucer Primary in Ilkeston, Derbys where the whole school turned out to fill the school hall with almost all classes. Here’s a picture of the ecstatic pupils filling the school hall and showing off some of the 20,000 leaflets that were given away.

Barrow After-School presentation
Barrow After-School Club
Chaucer presentation
Chaucer Primary School

This week Jane and I are venturing to the south west to meet many of the Devon and Cornwall schools who worked so hard on plants and props the 1913 garden. More news and pics on this and our visit to South Wales soon.


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