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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Garden Designers of the Future

Raising plants at school for their display garden
at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show

Latest preview news from the Malvern Spring Gardening Show: Fourteen schools from across Worcestershire and the West Midlands, are battling the elements to design and build display gardens for this week’s Malvern Spring Gardening Show (Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th May). In spite of inclement weather, pupils and their teachers have remained in good spirits during the build at Malvern’s lovely Three Counties Showground, and are now putting the finishing touches to the gardens, ready for scrutiny by a discerning panel of judges on Gold Day (10th).

This year’s theme is ‘Sustainability For All’, and garden seeds have been donated by Dobies and Suttons Seeds. Malvern’s School Garden Project Challenge, supported by BAM Construct Ltd, was introduced seven years ago, as part of the Three Counties Agricultural Society’s commitment to work with education partners to deliver curriculum-based activities.

Building a garden is a tough, but extremely rewarding experience which enables youngsters to learn and practice a wide range of skills (designing, planning, communicating and working as a team).The gardens will be judged for certificate of commendation by a panel of Royal Horticultural Society and Three Counties Agricultural Society judges. CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) is making special awards for the first time this year, and the winning schools will receive their accolades from celebrity garden designer, Chris Beardshaw, in the new Plants & People Arena Theatre. Phil Eves, Education Co-ordinator for BAM Construct Ltd, said he was delighted with the quality of the school gardens this year: “The weather conditions have certainly presented us with a challenge”, he said, “but the quirkiness of the designs have really put a smile back on my face.

This school group was doing a good job at last year's show:
talking to visitors about their garden
Come and see what the youngsters have been up to – there are some really innovative design ideas from schools and colleges: Meadows First School, Bromsgrove – ‘Aliens at Meadows Love Underpants’; Parkside Middle School, Bromsgrove – ‘Closing the Loop’; Bromsgrove School – ‘Bee Happy’; St. John’s Middle School, Bromsgrove – ‘Knot Modern’; Tiverton Special School, Coventry, with Year 10 Construction students, North Bromsgrove, High School – ‘Tiverton by the Sea’; Birchensale Middle School, Redditch – ‘Yesterday’s Garden’; Stafford College – ‘Nature Reclaims’; Parkhall Academy, Castle Bromwich – ‘One Extreme to Another’;  Burlish Park Primary School, Stourport-on-Severn – ‘George’s Marvellous Garden’; Castlemorton Primary School, Malvern – ‘The Magical Tump Garden’; Pitmaston Primary School, Worcester – ‘Pitmaston Past & Present’; Pershore College – ‘Plan for the Future’; Tudor Grange – ‘The Good Life’; Bridge Training & Development – ‘Sustainability Celebration’


Three Counties Showground, Welland, Malvern, Worcs, WR13 6SP
For more information about the Show, please visit the web site
or telephone the Showground on 01684 584924. 

 Top image and text for this post copyright Three Counties Agricultural Society
(Lower image copyright Ray Quinton)

Blog Author's note: I'll be posting descriptions and images of the show, and of the children's gardens with more details during the actual event (WiFi and weather permitting). Do visit if you can, otherwise follow online.

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