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Summer visits completed

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru
Holtspur Primary

Hobletts Manor
Hobletts Manor

Schools visits have continued during the last few weeks of term time. Holtspur Primary in Beaconsfield provided a full school assembly complete with Mayor (Cllr. Saunders) impressively dressed with chain of office, and were most impressed to receive their own Silver-Gilt Award. The presentation on all the Miracle-Gro’wers activity at Chelsea Flower Show clearly showed many of the schools exhibits including ‘Rocking Rocket’ guitar, a spacehopper and white platform boots growing garlic and onions entitled ‘Smelly Feet’. What creativity from Miss Barton and her growing club.

IT problems at Hobbletts Manor, Hemel Hempstead, meant that we had to de-camp from the assembly hall and present in one of the classrooms a few times to a divided audience. Afterwards I was impressed to see the renovated garden and greenhouse where the school produced some great roses and other top-class plants for the show.

Marlborough School
Marlborough School

Kirtlington Primary School

On to Harrow, Middlesex, for both Jane and I to see the pupils of Marlborough Primary School for their 1970’s dress up day. Most of the school, including the teachers had taken the trouble to find appropriate costumes and great fun was had by all. We send our thanks to the growing club for taking to the stage to present a wonderful show about their Chelsea experience.

The following week I visited Oxfordshire to see the pupils of Kirtlington Primary School. They had provided the beautiful red-flowered broad beans at Chelsea - plus peas, potatoes and spring onions. The bright sun and even brighter pupils were a joy to meet.

During the same week Jane visited Sayes Court School, Addlestone, Surrey to give a big thank you to the pupils for making the lazy gardener and the ‘Love, Peace and Joy’ cushion for the 1970’s display and for the sweet peas, tomato, Brussels sprouts and runner beans amongst the crops.

Nelmes Primary

Charlton Manor
Charlton Manor

At the same time I was Essex-bound to see the junior pupils of Nelmes Primary, Hornchurch for a full school assembly in which I praised the Miracle-Gro’wers for producing such great strawberries and a Giant Planter full of different vegetables. On to a new school, St Anne Line Catholic Junior, who had taken up the Chelsea challenge for the first time. For newbies they did really well providing onions in a can and a beautiful ER shelving unit designed and built by Jez Fairclough. The same evening we had a meeting at Charlton Manor Primary School, Greenwich (thanks Mr Baker) for their pupils and some from Corelli College, Wilmington Academy and Forest Hill Secondary School, Sydenham. What a great gathering.

The last week of term I was closer to home in Hertfordshire where visits to Churchfield Primary, Cheshunt Wash (my first Alma Mater of 60 odd years ago), Downfield Primary in Cheshunt and Four Swannes Primary in Waltham Cross proved an even hotter experience. Outside temperatures were up in the 80’s and the school halls soon got even hotter thanks to more than 100 young bodies enjoying the presentations.

That draws a final line under the Miracle-Gro’wers activity for Chelsea Flower Show 2013, except to say a big thank you to all the schools we couldn’t get to visit in the time we have available. We have also been working hard at next year’s concept and that has recently been sent out to schools that have grown this year. The registration form is up already on this website, so please register your school’s interest immediately as we will hopefully have plant material ready to send out early in September. In the meantime have a great summer break!


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