Horticulture students from Pershore High School in Worcestershire are doing the final preparations of their contribution to the “Helping Children Grow” exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 next week.
They have taken cuttings, rooted them and grown on plants of five different varieties of mint and of scented leaved pelargoniums before potting them up into tea pots and china tea services as part of the display.
Students at the school have the opportunity of taking gardening lessons and qualifications as part of their curriculum. The horticulture unit grows produce for the school kitchen, as well as for sale to staff and pupils, helps maintains the school grounds and undertakes other projects.
No direct funding
“There is no direct funding for this”, says the schools head teacher, Phil Hanson, “and therefore the unit has to be self sufficient. The work Anne does towards this and the education of our young people is tremendous and without her driving force it would not be the success it is.
"Neil Gow, one of the owners of Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre near Bromsgrove, as well as being our Internal Verifier for the examinations the students take, is a great support to us with his time and knowledge. Without his input and the contacts he has, we would not be able to do a fraction of what we achieve.
"This year Kent & Stowe have helped us out with tools, Stewart Plastics continue to support us with pots trays and planters, Hozelock have set us up with new watering equipment, Johnsons Seeds have helped out with packets and packets of seed and both Vitax and Westland help out with compost and fertilisers”.
Peter Seabrook, garden journalist for The Sun newspaper, who visited Pershore High School last year and spoke at their presentation evening, is heavily involved in this year's Chelsea, said “Pershore High School, their staff and scholars should be proud of what they achieve and so should the team from Fresh at Burcot for putting something back into the community. Thank you for this tremendous support with this display.”