Time to nominate green-fingered Wirral pupils for national award

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TEACHERS across Wirral are invited to nominate green-fingered pupils for a Royal Horticultural Society's young School Gardener of the Year award 2013.

The competition is open to all schools on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening scheme, of which there are nearly 16,500 in the UK, and aimed at children up to the age of sixteen.

RHS Campaign for School Gardening started in 2007 to support and encourage UK schools to use a garden as a teaching resource and has gone from strength to strength.

Sarah Cathcart, head of dducation and Learning at the RHS, said: "We launched this competition last year to raise the profile of gardening in schools and to celebrate gardening skills in young people.

"In part, because our research proves it helps a child’s wellbeing and development, but also because there’s a wealth of horticultural jobs out there.

"We had more than a hundred nominations last year and are hoping for even more this year – so teachers: get nominating!"

Teachers and other adults associated with the school can nominate a pupil by visiting www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening by May 18.

A shortlist of finalists will then be asked to create videos. These will be watched by a panel of judges.

The winner will be announced on July 12.



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