December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Young horticultural champions have been presented with an award for their great achievements at their Norwich school.
The pupils at Cavell Primary and Nursery School received a special visit yesterday from the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Keith Driver, who presented them with the Lord Mayor’s Trophy for winning the Friends of Norwich in Bloom Schools Competition.
The school also achieved first prize in the wildlife garden, waterwise garden, and fruit and vegetable garden categories, and as well as being presented with the Lord Mayor’s Trophy they also received a picture by Bill Webster, ambassador for the Friends of Norwich in Bloom.
Kerry Annison, from the Friends of Norwich in Bloom, said judges had been “blown away” by Cavell Primary and Nursery School’s horticultural achievements.
About the judges’ visit, she said: “We were blown away by the lovely spectacle, from the lovely wisteria entrance, to the well-kept hedges and surrounding garden spaces, to the lovely wall of roses.
“We entered what was an idyllic allotment setting which would put a lot of allotment plots to shame. It included a clay pizza oven and a newly planted mini-orchard with Norfolk heritage fruit trees which led to five separate ethereal wild flower meadow beds, a joy to behold. It was then on to a lovely woodland/copse setting edged by a sizeable pond.
“The use of reclaimed water was fantastic.
“The abundance and use in the kitchens of their produce was inspiring.
“It was obvious how much the children were at the core of the whole thing and not on the edges looking in.
“They were fully involved, enthusiastic and a delight. A lot of work and energy had so clearly been put into force.”
Simon Wakeman, executive head of Cavell Primary and Nursery School, said the school was delighted to receive the horticultural honour and thanked everyone for their hard work.
He said: “We are thrilled to receive this award, it means a lot to the whole Cavell community.
“I would like to publicly thank our allotment team who work tirelessly to make our allotment the success it is. The produce from the allotment is used in our kitchen, so our children benefit both from eating a healthy diet and from being outdoors.
“Hopefully, this will provide inspiration for other schools to start similar projects. We offer an open invitation for any school who wishes to visit our allotment to contact us, and we hope that it will inspire them as much as it has inspired our children and their families.”