Green fingered students win award from Royal Horticultural Society.

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

Six people from Year 7-10 at Pool Academy have achieved a Level One School Gardening Award certificate.

They are part of a small group learning about growing plants and food as well as doing weeding and digging.

To gain the certificate students learnt about the benefits of gardening for children, ran a gardening project, learnt about hazards in the garden, learnt about garden tools and prepared the allotment area and greenhouse for planting.

Katherine Francis, from Pool Academy, said: “The students really enjoy being outside and taking part in gardening and growing things.

 “Our level one prize was a certificate and a growing calendar containing advice and activities for gardening for each month.

“The group has already started to plant herbs, spinach and broad beans and plan to plant lots more fruit and vegetables after Christmas.

“We have really enjoyed learning about gardening and growing our own food and flowers so far. I am really proud of the work that the students have achieved so far and it is an honour that the RHS has recognised their achievements as part of the School Gardening Awards.”

There are five award levels handed out by RHS and the school group is hoping to achieve a certificate for each one.

Ms Francis said: “We are well underway in preparing our application for the Level Two Award. This requires students to give evidence of preparing soil for planting and sowing seeds, plus have some crops starting to grow.

“We are aiming high and hope to achieve all five levels by the end of the year.

“Being outside and being able to work on the allotment and greenhouse has allowed the students to develop a variety of skills and we have also been doing maths, English and Science work which ties in with our gardening activities.”

Christiana Richardson