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Green fingered pupils at Chesham Waterside School honoured with two top awards

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Chair of Governors Jo Pearce with Acting Headteacher Jennifer Gamble and the gardening club of Chesham Waterside School.

Chair of Governors Jo Pearce with Acting Headteacher Jennifer Gamble and the gardening club of Chesham Waterside School.

Green fingered pupils in the gardening club at Chesham Waterside School have been honoured with two top awards.

Not only did the children win the Chesham In Bloom award for the second successive year for their flower display around the school but they also won the prestigious Thames and Chilterns Mark Mattock Schools Challenge trophy.

The Thames and Chilterns Mark Mattock Schools Challenge trophy is an impressive glass shield awarded to a primary school that best encourages its children to participate in gardening in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire.

The awards were presented by Buckinghamshire County Councillor and Chesham Mayor, Noel Brown, along with In Bloom Chairman, Allen Tilsbury, during a school assembly. Each child also received their own individual trophy for their efforts.

Noel Brown said: ‘I am very proud to be able to present these awards to the children of my local Waterside School. They have dedicated a lot of their own time to the club and thoroughly deserve the awards. They are truly becoming great gardeners!

Longstanding volunteer Andy Ford and teacher Laura Bullenthorpe have been co-ordinating the gardening club at the school for the past three years.

Each term, around 20 pupils from across Key Stage 2 are guided by Andy and Laura during their lunchtimes as they grow an array of flowers and vegetables.

The produce grown is put to good use with  vegetable sales often occurring after school, the children are able to take produce home to cook. Hanging baskets are also  sold with any profits are invested back into the gardening club.

Jennifer Gamble, Acting Headteacher, said: ‘We are immensely proud of our gardening club and of the hard work and dedication shown by Andy, Laura and the pupils. Receiving the awards is nothing less than the gardening club deserves.

Through the gardening club, the pupils have learned how to be self-sufficient and entrepreneurial, while also developing their ability to work in a team. The club has grown and blossomed with the pupils and it’s wonderful to see all of their hard work paying off.

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