Royal show for growing kids

ASPIRING young gardeners preparing for a Royal Horticultural Society show were treated to a masterclass led by the Blue Peter gardener.

Pupils from Kidderminster’s King Charles I School attended a series of workshops to help them put together the show gardens they are building for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

It is the only show in the UK to have a collection of show gardens designed and built entirely by schoolchildren.

The youngsters were given advice on how to translate their ideas into reality by Blue Peter’ s resident gardener Chris Collins.

King Charles youngsters will be among 21 schools creating gardens on the theme ‘A Great Moment in History’ at the event at the Three Counties Showground in May.

Sue Verdeyen, education officer for the showground, said: “RHS Malvern are passionate about inspiring young people to fall in love with gardening and design.
“It’s a great opportunity for children  to get experience in the design, horticultural and
construction industries.
“These youngsters are in-volved in every aspect of creating their gardens – the design, the sowing, the growing and the landscaping. We can’t wait to see how the gardens will take shape.”

Speaking after the workshops, Mr Colins said:“It’s been a superb way to kick off the school
gardens challenge for RHS Malvern. I’m so excited about the show in May and seeing the
children’s show gardens come to life.

“These show gardens will give the kids a real insight into practical  gardening and give
them memories that they will treasure."

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