Green-fingered students get second award from Royal Horticultural Society

Green-fingered students are celebrating after receiving a second gardening award from the Royal Horticultural Society.

The children are part of a small group called Nurture. They learn about growing plants and food as well as taking part in sowing, weeding and digging.

To gain their Level 2 certificates the students had to show basic skills in planting and using a variety of garden tools.

They were awarded a certificate and an RHS book called ‘How to grow practically everything’.

Katherine Francis, from Pool Academy, said: “They planted tomato plants and spinach in the greenhouse after sowing the seeds in small pots, looking after them on our classroom windowsill and watering them every day. They then planted them in the greenhouse when they were big enough.

“We have been so lucky to be able to use the school gardens. The students are really enjoying learning how to grow their own food and have become adept at using the tools and caring for the plants by themselves.

“They worked really hard to achieve their Level 2 school gardening award from the Royal Horticultural Society and deserve much praise for their efforts.”

The group are now working towards the Level 3 award. They have been busy planting broad beans, peas, lettuce, onions, potatoes and a variety of herbs in the allotment.

The students have used their home-grown spinach and herbs in recipes including smoothies and curry.

The Nurture group is made up of students from Year 7 through to Year 10.

There are five levels to achieve in the Royal Horticultural Society schools gardening award. Each level comes with a different prize and a certificate.