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Dorset School Wins Countrywide Gardening Competition
Hazelbury Bryan Primary School in Dorset, are the winners of this year’s Wilkinson Sword and Town & Country Gardening for Schools Campaign. The competition invited schools from across the nation to design a fruit and vegetable garden for a prize of £150 to spend on Wilkinson Sword tools and £150 on Town & Country gloves. More than 50 garden designs were entered from all around the country.
This fantastic school in Dorset runs a weekly after school gardening club every Tuesday with the help of volunteer Samantha Sedgbeer. The club is attended by pupils of all ages and the winning design for the garden takes pride of place in the school hall for all to enjoy.
Samantha Sedgbeer said; "It has been a privilege watching the children so engaged with the garden. It promotes well-being and self-esteem and it helps with literacy and maths, not to mention encouraging patience, resilience, team working and nurturing qualities”.
Representatives from Wilkinson Sword and Town & Country visited the club on their last day of term to see the results of their efforts. The judges were impressed by the school’s design which highlighted the importance of wildlife, the environment and the benefits of gardening.
Samantha expressed her excitement for winning the competition; “We were thrilled to win the competition, proving that although we are a small rural school, we are mighty! The tools and gloves have encouraged the children with their project and helped to make it all possible. We are so proud of each and every one of them and what they have achieved, and we very much look forward to continuing with the project in the new term".
Abbie Warner, marketing executive for Wilkinson Sword and Town & Country said: “We had no idea how popular this competition would be, but we were so impressed with the standard of design that the Hazelbury Bryan Primary School children came up with. They impressed all of the judges with their imaginative and competent design which made them the natural winners of this competition.”
On the day of the visit the pupils demonstrated an enthusiasm for growing their own fruit and vegetables including potatoes, peas and strawberries. They took great delight in digging up their produce and sharing out among themselves to enjoy later at home.