Schools asked to nominate inspiring young gardeners for top award

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Teachers are being asked to nominate their Young Gardener of the Year.

Keen gardener and children’s TV star Dominic ‘Dom’ Wood has joined forces with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to call on teachers in Corby to nominate their star pupils for the 2013 RHS Young School Gardener of the Year award.

Gardening could be added to the school curriculum next year, so now is a perfect time to celebrate horticultural skills in young people.

Teachers from all schools on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, of which there are more than 16,900, including Corby Old Village Primary School, Rockingham Primary School, Exeter Primary School, Studfall Infants School and Woodnewton School, can put students forward for the award.

Dom, who has just enrolled in a horticultural course at RHS Garden Wisley, said: “In my own experience, gardening at school helps pupils grow in so many ways and it’s something I feel so passionate about. There’s a tidal wave of public awareness at the moment about the huge range of benefits that gardening at school can bring to a student’s wellbeing and development. Although important, it’s not just about showing them where their food comes from – gardening builds confidence, teaches life skills and helps pupils engage with their subjects.

“The RHS Young School Gardener of the Year award isn’t simply a celebration of gardening flair in pupils, it’s about raising awareness and inspiring more students to pick up a trowel and get growing. Whether it’s a large plot, or a single pot, growing plants is a magical process for a young mind. With the brilliant news coming in that ‘horticulture’ is proposed to be added to next year’s curriculum, there couldn’t be a better time to champion school gardening – so, teachers of the UK: nominate your best gardening pupils now.”

Schools that successfully nominate finalists will receive up to £500 worth of gardening vouchers and tools to develop outdoor projects. The overall winner will get to spend a day at their nearest RHS Garden, working alongside RHS gardeners and receive family tickets to either RHS Flower Show Tatton Park or RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014. Runners-up will also get a personal tour of an RHS Garden.

School staff and teachers can nominate inspiring pupils by filling out a short form at www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening by Saturday, May 18. A shortlist of 16 pupils, from four age categories, will then be given digital cameras for their schools to make videos describing why they should be named RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2013.