Small Saints Pre-School at Holbeach win gold

The children with (from left) Graham Rudkin, Jayne Britton, head gardener Jayne Wright, Carol Rudkin, Karen Ford and Sue Wright. SG240214-111TW
The children with (from left) Graham Rudkin, Jayne Britton, head gardener Jayne Wright, Carol Rudkin, Karen Ford and Sue Wright. SG240214-111TW
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There may be daffodils blooming in Small Saints Pre-School garden at Holbeach.

There is definitely something else glowing gold: the medal won from East Midlands in Bloom for the Best School Garden.

The pre-school earned gold for its patch of land – beating last year’s silver gilt award.

Manager Jayne Britton said the children choose the seeds themselves, growing fruit and vegetables as well as flowers, and then tend the gardens before harvesting and eating the produce.

Jane said: “We are very proud of what the children have achieved.”

Various aspects of the garden earned the points, such as gardening activities, skills and knowledge; the garden’s contribution to education in the curriculum; environment and wildlife; and growing fruit and vegetables and healthy eating.

Jayne says the pre-school has been working on the gardens since it moved into the site in 1995, when the garden was a grass area with trees.

Gradually, vegetable and fruit plots have been developed, children have grown plants from seed and encouraged wildlife in the environmental area. The youngsters are involved in both composting and in watering using water collected in butts.

Carol Rudkin, whose husband Graham is chairman of Holbeach in Bloom, said the theme for 2014 would be the centenary of the First World War. Hopefully, 100 trees will be planted to mark the event.