School helps grow next generation of gardeners

Persimmon Sales Adviser Jan Freeman with Thea Wooding, Molly Bassett and Zara Sheikh from Deanshanger Primary school who have won regional heat of Grow Your Own competition
Persimmon Sales Adviser Jan Freeman with Thea Wooding, Molly Bassett and Zara Sheikh from Deanshanger Primary school who have won regional heat of Grow Your Own competition
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GREEN fingered pupils celebrated the end of term by scooping a top prize in a fruit and vegetable growing competition.

The children from Deanshanger Primary School won the award, launched at the start of the year by homebuilder Persimmon Homes.

The school pupils, who competed against 10 other schools from across the country, submitted diary evidence based on the vegetables they had been tasked with growing over a nine month period.

In that time the children successfully grew everything from peas to parsnips and carrots to cress and were aptly rewarded with £500 worth of gardening gift vouchers as a prize – meaning they can continue growing in the future and investing in their garden.

Teacher Sarah Webb said: “We are thrilled to have won the competition and to have been rewarded with the vouchers, which will help us to improve our garden no end.

“All of the children thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow their own vegetables which has encouraged them to become more aware of their diet as well as where vegetables come from.

“It was a great competition to get involved with and we hope to go one better again next year.”

Claire Lambert, head of sales for Persimmon Homes Midlands, added: “The school thoroughly deserved of the prize as the children had a limited area in which to grow their fruit and vegetables yet showed creativity with their planting and achieved a superb crop at the end of the competition period.

“We hope that the vouchers will go to good use and that the school enters the competition again next year.”