Clanfield pupils with green fingers win top award

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THE Royal Horticultural Society has recognised the gardening achievements of a school.

Petersgate Infant School in Clanfield is set to receive a top award from the charity – the first time an infants school in Hampshire has received such an award.

Next Wednesday Hayley Young, a representative from the RHS, will present the school with a plaque, certificate and two apple trees.

Petersgate has been a member of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening since 2007. The campaign is a nationwide initiative that encourages over half of all UK schools to develop gardens for use by all their pupils.

Petersgate has reached the top, level five, award.

Teaching assistant Carole Salmon, who teaches gardening and cooking lessons and is responsible for the garden’s upkeep, said: ‘Gardening has been central to school life here for a number of years now and the children get so much out of it. It’s a large space with 10 raised beds, a greenhouse and a potting shed and an orchard.’