Hayling Lions and HIHS
2017 Schools Challenge

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Invitation To Participate
Theme: Eat What You Grow
Judges’ Report and Results
Advice: Gardening With Children and Youth
Childrens Gardening Club

Invitation To Participate

All 5 schools on Hayling Island participated
With cash prizes donated by Hayling Lions
1st Prize £125 - 2nd Prize £75 - 3rd Prize £25 - 2 Prizes of £10.
for the development and understading of gardening.

Each school were be giving £20 to spend on their garden.

Theme: Eat What You Grow

The challenge for the children was to design, plant and tend
a 1.5m x 2.5m garden with a mixture of plants,
the majority to be edible but with some
for the attraction of bees and butterflys,
interpreting the theme in an interesting way.
Ornaments made by the children could be incorporated.
All together with associated practical and written work.


Each schools entry should demonstrate involvement
of the children with any adult helpers.

Pupils were required to produce a scrap book
the work in the book must be done by children,
with the contents to their individual choice.
Such could include:
Photographs of the garden stages of development.
Pupils own written and creative work.
Understanding of the concept.
Plants grown and horticulture needs.
Evidence of the extent of involement,
of the children and designated helper/s.


at work
Entries were inspected by representatives
of the Lions and HIHS in mid June 2017.

Judging generally took account of:
Colour, design and shape.
Success of garden to the brief.
Health and vigour of plants.
Overall layout and appearance.
Any additional elements undertaken.
The pupils work in their scrap books,

The books were put on display at the HIHS Summer Show
on Saturday 24th June at the Hayling Island Community Centre
for the enjoyment of the visiting public.

Judges’ Report and Results

at work
This year the standard was much higher overall.
Mill Rythe Junior School was new to the competition,
and Mengham Infants returned to it.

All of the gardens were well tended,
weed-free, and well watered.
All were tended by very enthusiastic students who,
we suspect, will never lose their love of gardening
and be an investment in the future for Horticulture.

Judges found it very difficult to come to a decision,
considering long on the merits of each school.
In actual fact, we gained new knowledge,
especially regarding the properties of some herbs.
Our main criteria was the edible theme,
the attraction of bees and butterflies
and the record book.

1st Prize Mengham Junior School
2nd Prize Mill Rythe Junior School
3rd Prize Mill Rythe Infants School
Commended, The Hayling College and Mengham Infants School.

As we were leaving one school,
a pupil said to us: “I hope we win!”
We replied that we hoped so too.
We wanted them all to win, and in a sense, that was true.
They should all consider themselves as winners!

Link to the photos of gardens in pdf format.

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Childrens Gardening Club

Stansted Park Garden Centre, has published
the summer programme for their
Childrens Gardening Club.

A series of interactive gardening presentations
specifically intended to get children interested and active.

View the Programme Poster to print.

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