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Orpington school makes dirt of gardening competition

PUBLISHED: 15:34 23 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:34 23 September 2015

Andy Burns And Christine Milliband

Andy Burns And Christine Milliband

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The primary school won a national gardening competition

An Orpington primary school came out on top in a national gardening competition.

Warren Road Primary School won the Stewart Garden Schools programme 2015, and will receive a £1,000 prize to spend at their local garden centre.

Stewart Garden challenged pupils aged 6-11 to get creative with a variety of their products.

The Orpington primary school wowed judges with the programmes immersion into the curriculum and the creative use of products.

Activities for the programme were performed by the school’s eco-club, and showed great initiative by scaring off birds from their plants by using old CDs.

At the end of the programme the garden had produced a variety of fruit and veg, including courgettes, potatoes, parsley, carrots, onions, tomatoes.

As well as a wide array of herbs and flowers to bring colour to the garden, the school also used Stewart Garden water butts to collect rainwater, as well as their composters.

Christine Millband, sustainability subject leader at Warren Road Primary School, commented: “Students from reception to year six were all involved in the project and their enthusiasm to grow was inspiring.

“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.”

Managing director of Stewart Gardens, Andy Burns responded to the schools victory:

“Great skills and real innovation made its entry standout. Warren Road Primary School has instilled an important understanding of growing your own produce among its students”

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