Sussex Schools bloom with gardening challenge


GREEN-FINGERED children from around the Observer area got involved with Schools in Bloom this year.

Four schools in the area did particularly well, taking home awards for their efforts.

In total, 129 schools entered Southern Water’s competition, which works with schools to encourage growing plants, fruit and vegetables.

Arundel Church of England School was awarded a silver prize, Jessie Young Husband Primary School and South Bersted Primary School both were awarded gold for their effort and Chichester Nursery School was awarded a silver gilt prize for its entry.

Chris Silk, headteacher of South Bersted Primary School, said: “We are delighted that we have retained the gold award this year. We are proud of our grounds and the award reflects the teamwork and hard work that we promote at South Bersted School.”

Headteacher Andrew Simpson, of Arundel Church of England School, said: “For our school it has been brilliant, we have been able to get grandparents involved in apprenticeships for children to get involved in gardening.”

He said the competition has also linked in with the national curriculum, learning about plants and photosynthesis, as well as where food comes from.

“It benefits us as a school community, they are beginning to respect the environment a whole lot more,” said Mr Simpson.

Jenny Buckley, the headteacher of Chichester Nursery School said: “We were delighted to take part in the Schools in Bloom competition – our garden is such an important learning environment for us and we really enjoyed showing it off to the judges.

“We also really enjoyed the visit of the mayor to judge the special award. He was more than happy to help the children dig up the potatoes that they had planted.”