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Praise for green-fingered Somerset schools

November 17, 2011

Somerset schools have secured praise from the judges of a county-wide gardening challenge, but must now wait to see if those positive points have won them valuable prizes.

The “Dig It, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It” challenge encourages primary and secondary pupils to plant, harvest and eat their own food while recording all the details in a scrapbook that could win them a share of more than £500 worth of prizes.

In all, 38 Somerset schools entered Dig It, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It, which is organised by the county’s environmental education and nature conservation charity, Carymoor Environmental Trust. The winners will be announced at the 29 November awards ceremony at the trust’s Castle Cary HQ.

The challenge is backed by recycling and waste management company Viridor, which manages the county’s 18 recycling sites for Somerset Waste Partnership. Viridor donated a tonne of the Revive Soil Conditioner it produces from Somerset garden waste to each of the first 30 schools

Now in its third year, Dig It, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It has involved almost 120 schools and enhanced the learning of many hundreds of pupils in diverse subjects, from biology, human nutrition and the environment to team work, project planning, art, writing and photography.

The competition judges are Somerset environmental campaigner Tracey Smith, Carymoor Environmental Trust chief executive Frances Stuart, and Viridor chief executive Colin Drummond.

Carymoor Environmental Trust chief executive Frances Stuart said: “Judging has been tough as we have seen so many great entries. Not only have schools really worked hard in their gardens, but the scrapbook records of their efforts have been tremendous.”

Viridor chief executive Colin Drummond said: “To get schools going, we gave them seeds and a tonne of our Revive compost, a soil conditioner produced from Somerset’s garden waste that has been used in gold medal winning gardens at the Chelsea and Hampton court flower shows. Dig It encourages children to get into the garden and shows them how easy it is to eat healthily.”

And fellow judge Tracey Smith said: “It is wonderful for kids to see that growing their own is simple, and to make the connection between their own good health and a healthy planet. Somerset can be proud of their efforts, and I’ve been impressed by each and every entry.” 


Notes to Editors

Caption for attached picture:
Dig It, Judge It: Checking Somerset’s colourful entries, from left, Frances Stuart, Tracey Smith and Colin Drummond

Dig It, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It school entries:

Meare Village Primary  St Mary’s Road  Meare  Glastonbury  BA6 9SP
Wookey Primary  Wells Road  Wookey  Wells  BA5 1LQ
Selwood Middle  Berkley Road  Frome  BA11 2EF
St Vigor and St John Primary  Wells Road  Chilcompton  Radstock  BA3 4EX
Bishop Henderson Primary  Farley Dell  Coleford  Radstock  BA3 5PN
Downside  Stratton-on-the-Fosse  BA34RJ
St Aldhelm’s Primary  Chelynch Park  Doulting  Shepton Mallet  BA4 4PL

The King Alfred School  Burnham Road  Highbridge  TA9 3EE
Westonzoyland Community Primary School  Cheer Lane  Westonzoyland  Bridgwater  TA7 0EY
St Mary’s Primary  Oakfield Road  Bridgwater  TA6 7LX
St Andrew’s CE Junior  Dunstan Road  Burnham on Sea  TA8 1ER
Sedgemoor Manor Junior  Parkway  Bridgwater  TA6 4QX
Cossington Primary  Middle Road  Cossington  Bridgwater  TA7 8LQ
St Josephs Catholic Primary  Park Avenue  Bridgwater  TA6 7EE
Wedmore First  Blackford Road  Wedmore  BS28 4BS

South Somerset
High Ham Primary  High Ham  Langport  Somerset  TA10 9BY
Crispin School  Church Road  Street  BA16 0AD
Huish Episcopi Academy  Wincanton Road  Huish Episcopi  Langport  TA10 9SS
Merriott First    Church Street  Merriott  TA16 5PT
Holyrood Academy  Zembard Lane  Chard  TA20 1JL
Bucklers Mead School  St Johns Road  Yeovil  BA21 4NH
Wadham School  Yeovil Road  Crewkerne  TA18 7NT
Abbas and Templecombe Primary  School Lane  Templecombe  BA8 0HP
St Bartholomew’s School  Kithill  Crewkerne  TA18 8AS
Lovington Primary  Lovington  Castle Cary  BA7 7PX
Westfield Community School  Stiby Road  Yeovil  BA21 3EB
Walton CE VC Primary  Meadow Lane  Walton  Street  BA16 9LA
Preston School  Monks Dale  Yeovil  BA21 3JD

Taunton Dean
West Buckland Primary  West Buckland  Wellington  TA21 9LD
Beech Grove Primary  Courtland Road  Wellington  TA21 8NE
North Town Primary  Staplegrove Road  Taunton  TA1 1DF
Bishop Henderson CE VA Primary  Henderson Close  Taunton  TA1 4TU
Sampford Arundel Primary  Sampford Arundel  Wellington  TA21 9QN
New Horizon Progressive School Bath House Farm  West Hatch  TA3 5RH

West Somerset
Danesfield Church of England School  North Road  Williton  TA4 4SW
Dulverton Middle  Barns Close West  Dulverton  TA22 9EE
Cutcombe First  Wheddon Cross  TA24 7DZ
Old Cleeve C of E First  Washford  Watchet  TA23 0PB


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