School garden helps secure We Can Do It award

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With an orchard, allotment and pond, Wicor Primary School likes to give its pupils the chance to learn about nature.

The school’s efforts were honoured when it won Best Garden at the We Can Do It awards held at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on Sunday.

2/11/2014 (EP) We Can Do It Awards''On Sunday afternoon The News We Can Do It awards took place at the Kings Theatre.''Pictured is: Teacher Alison Nash from Wicor Primary School with their award after winning the Best Garden category.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143092-5832) PPP-140211-204843001

2/11/2014 (EP) We Can Do It Awards''On Sunday afternoon The News We Can Do It awards took place at the Kings Theatre.''Pictured is: Teacher Alison Nash from Wicor Primary School with their award after winning the Best Garden category.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143092-5832) PPP-140211-204843001

Pupils have the chance to plant vegetables and watch them grow, as well as learn about different plants which grow in their wild meadows.

Teacher Alison Nash collected the award on behalf of the school and says she is really pleased with the win.

‘I am really happy and really proud of what the children have achieved,’ she says.

‘They tend to the gardens and allotment, so all the recognition needs to go to them.

‘The pupils work very hard growing the vegetables and then selling them to parents.

‘We have sold more than 50 boxes to parents which is great.

‘But the children also get the chance to cook with them as we use them in our cooking classes.

‘The pupils also tend to the meadows, so they do work hard.’

The school has an orchard and recently, with the help of a local firm, children picked and pressed the apples to make juice.

But a stand-out feature of the Wicor Primary School garden is the Jurassic section, which features a rock from this era that is more than 150 million years old.

Alison adds: ‘The gardens aren’t just about growing vegetables and plants.

‘They give the pupils the knowledge to look after the planet because they are the next generation and they need to care for it.

‘They can gain so many skills and it’s fun for them to do to.’

Fareham Borough Council was runner-up for its beautiful flowerbeds and plants throughout the town.

It also won gold in the South East in Bloom awards for the landscaping.

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