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Tuesday March 9th 2021

St Catherine’s School Gardening Club wins Knights Plant and Life Award

As part of the ‘In Bloom’ initiative Bletchingley in Bloom wanted to encourage children to take an interest in horticulture and determined that the best way to achieve this was to enable them to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.  In January 2009 St. Catherine’s School Gardening Club was formed – meeting after school on Mondays.  It immediately attracted 12 pupils from the ages of 5 – 9 and this little group have turned up in all weathers to learn about and enjoy the growing process.

Two ‘In Bloomers’ and a parent, Kim Wantling, have mentored and co-ordinated the creation of a real garden.  The four plots dug with the help of teacher, Caroline Ballantyne and parent, Kirsty Browne are lush with vegetables and surrounded by flower beds and pots and baskets containing potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes and courgettes.  At the end of summer term much of the produce was harvested and each little gardener took home vegetables which they had helped grow.

Knights Plant and Life invited the Club to enter their Schools Competition and the Club was delighted to receive the ‘Most Improved Garden’ Award in competition  with 8 other schools in the area.  The ‘In Bloom’ Judges were equally impressed and this little garden will be an important part of Bletchingley’s entry into the competition.

More pictures of the Knights Plant and Life judging can be viewed at http://www.plantandlilfe.com/

The Garden will be looked after during Summer holidays.  It is hoped to meet once a month during the Autumn term but begin planning and seed sowing again in January.

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