Green fingers win £1,000 top prize

Green fingers win £1,000 top prize

Eco-warriors at Warren Road Primary School have won £1,000 to spend on gardening equipment after taking top honours in this year’s Stewart Garden schools programme.

The school in Orpington, Kent, won this year’s challenge in which pupils aged 6 to 11 were asked to be creative with Stewart Garden’s products.

Warren Road Primary impressed the judges with the way their programme was incorporated into the curriculum and how the company’s products were used.

The students first weeded existing beds, before hanging CDs and pots over the plants to frighten birds away from their produce.

The winning pupils produced courgettes, potatoes, parsley, carrots, onions and tomatoes. They also planted herbs and flowers with the vegetables to make colourful beddings and to keep away pests.

Christine Millband, sustainability subject leader at the school, says the pupils are “ecstatic” to have won.

“Throughout the programme we wanted the students to make the key decisions, from which produce to grow to how much they should be sold for.”

Pic: Andy Burns managing director at Stewart Garden, presents the winning cheque to Christine Millband