College Announces Schools Gardening Competition 2010 (Feb 2010)

Chilton Trinity Technology College’s 2009 entry: African GardenFor the fourth year running, Bridgwater College is inviting all local schools to take part in their annual Gardening competition at the Cannington Centre - with categories and prizes for all age groups, individuals and teams.

School children between the ages of 5 and 16 years are invited to submit individual entries with prizes for best container or hanging basket, best miniature garden in a seed tray and best bottle garden. Schools are invited to compete against one anther in the hotly contested category of best show garden (to be built on site at the Walled Gardens of Cannington) and best productive, wildlife or eco garden (to be built on the school site).

Head of Land-based Studies Jeremy Kerswell explains "With only three months to go until the judging of the entries in May, schools will want to start planning and planting their gardens. We are on hand to offer help and advice, as well as a free starter pack for every school and the chance for entrants to attend some of our propagation workshops. Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons about patience as they wait for plants, flowers and vegetables to grow, and responsibility as they see how important it is to care for a garden. Plus it's good exercise and can be great fun! In previous years we have had some really creative themed entries, including an African Garden, featuring a rhino built completely of crushed tin cans, which was quite a sight!"

All gardens will be open for public viewing on Saturday 8 May at the College's annual Wisteria Festival held at the Walled Gardens of Cannington. Medals will be awarded to entries in each classification. For more information please contact Tom Cunningham or Jeremy Kerswell on 01278 655003.