London Borough of Barnet

Young gardeners encouraged to dig deep

Published Monday 14 May 2012

Eager young gardeners in Barnet schools are being given the opportunity to show off their green fingers as part of a new gardening competition.

'Schools Young Gardeners of 2012’ is hosted by Sunnyfields Primary School and is an open competition for students from all schools in Barnet.  It is sponsored by Finchley Nurseries Garden Centre in Mill Hill, and Hendon Horticultural Society and Gardening Club. 

Now in its second year, the competition aims to promote, support and encourage gardening, horticulture and environmental sustainability.

The competition has no written submission requirements or restrictions on creativity. 

As part of the assessment process, independent judges from the sponsoring organisations will visit all the schools taking part in July. They will examine the areas used for wildlife habitats as well as look at the eco-friendly projects, creativity and any curriculum links.

During the visits, students will have the opportunity to talk with the judges about their activities, involvement and learning. 

Jo Connolly, Welfare Officer at Sunnyfields Primary School, said: “We held a bit of a trial competition last year which saw eight schools join in with growing vegetable patches and some even installing garden ponds.  It was very successful, so we decided to keep going.”

The competition will culminate with an award presentation held in October, where all participating schools are invited to show off their achievements.

This year, there will also be a competition for growing the largest pumpkin alongside the main competition. This will be judged at the award presentation event in October. 

Schools have the option of entering just one or both of these competitions and have until July to submit their registrations. 

For more information or to register your school, contact Jo Connolly at Sunnyfields Primary School on 020 8203 3113.

Contact Press Officer:  Neha Nagin