Primary school reaps a £500 top gardening prize

West Row Community School have won �500 from Permission Homes to spend on their fruit & veg garden and Sensory Garden''Pictured: Teaching assistant and Life skills teacher Tanya Snoad, Emma Jones (Gardener) and some pupils involved in the garden
West Row Community School have won �500 from Permission Homes to spend on their fruit & veg garden and Sensory Garden''Pictured: Teaching assistant and Life skills teacher Tanya Snoad, Emma Jones (Gardener) and some pupils involved in the garden
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A PRIMARY school has hit the horticultural heights after winning £500 in a regional competition.

West Row Primary School beat off competition from 250 other schools to become the regional winner of Persimmon Homes’ Grow Your Own competition after a year of hard work in their fruit and vegetable garden.

Emma Jones, parent gardener for West Row, said the project had given pupils knowledge they would have for the rest of their lives.

“Often children don’t know where their veg comes from or what it even looks like. We have come such a long way in a year and they have all done brilliantly,” she said.

Students from ages to five to eight helped teachers and parents in the garden, with pumpkins, carrots and an array of sunflowers among their bumper crop.

The experience also gave children an insight into the environmental impact of food and the importance of seasonal produce, said Ms Jones.