Burlish Park Primary School, from Stourport-on-Severn and Barnett Hill Garden & Leisure celebrated success at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show after winning the Best School Garden and RHS Gold Medal.
Barnett Hill provided the school with many of the plants for their show garden and a pump for their water feature. The garden was designed by the children as part of a creative experience based on their learning within school to convey the theme of the Roald Dahl book 'George’s Marvellous Medicine', with the aim being to allow the children to gain an insight into how to reuse the materials imaginatively. They were also taught traditional skills by craftspeople, improving their gardening skills, especially propagation and knowledge of plant identification!
Ben and the team at Barnett Hill assisted the school at the design stage, suggesting ideas, acting as design consultants and putting together most of the planting combinations.
The RHS were so impressed by the garden that they asked Burlish Park Primary School to recreate it at The BBC Gardeners’ World Show at the NEC, Birmingham. Unfortunately due to school time table restrictions, Ben Creevy (Plant Manager) and Spencer Goulding (Grounds and Plants Assistant) offered their expertise and helped with the planting to come up with new plant combinations to recreate the garden. Undaunted, they rose to the challenge beating off tough competition from professional Landscapers. The judges awarded them a Silver-Gilt; in a year where judging was particularly tough and very few Silver-Gilt medals were awarded, this was quite an achievement.
PHOTOS: Some of the children from Burlish Park Primary School, The winning garden at BBC Gardener’s World Show and Ben Creevy, Barnett Hill Plant Manager, with the RHS Silver-Gilt medal.