In April, Infant and junior schools within a 10 mile radius of the Haskins Snowhill Garden Centre near East Grinstead were invited to enter a Sunflower growing competition. Out of the 6 schools that entered using the free seed provided, the Crawley Down Village CofE Primary School has won the £100 Haskins gift card.
In the School’s revitalised allotment next to a superb display of growing Sunflowers, Haskins’ General Manager David Lilly presented the school’s Premises Officer Dave Thouless and members of the Gardening Club that was formed at the start of this year, the prize.
“We made it clear in the competition that the winners would not necessarily be the one judged with the tallest sunflower, but the one that grows the best wildlife friendly display that will benefit their local eco culture,” said David Lilly. “The gardening club have created a superb feature that will encourage wildlife into their fantastic allotment.”
Dave Thouless, who usually has help from the year1/2 gardening club members for an hour each week, will now care for the Sunflowers and the other plants including a variety of fruit and vegetables over the summer holiday.
“The pupils will be amazed how much the sunflowers will have grown when they return for the new term,” said Dave Thouless. “They have worked enthusiastically to create a superb allotment for the school grounds and we are delighted to have won this prize!”