How does your garden grow?

Persimmon's Mark Cook and Diane England with Emily Williams, reception teacher and green fingered pupils
Persimmon's Mark Cook and Diane England with Emily Williams, reception teacher and green fingered pupils

PUPILS at a primary school in Atherton are celebrating after winning a fruit and veg growing competition.

The children of St George’s Primary School scooped first place in the ‘Grow Your Own’ competition launched by one of the UK’s leading house builders, Persimmon.

The pupils grew a selection of fruit and vegetables - from peas to parsnips and carrots to cress - over a nine month period while keeping photographic and written evidence of all the stages.

St George’s fought off competition from 10 other schools across the country to win the prize of £500 pounds worth of gardening vouchers.

Rachael Coulthard, head teacher at St George’s Primary School, said: “We are thrilled to have been rewarded with the vouchers, which will help us to improve our garden no end.”

“All of the children thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow their own vegetables which has encouraged them to become more aware of their diet as well as where vegetables come from.”

Judging was undertaken by a panel from Persimmon Homes who scored the quality of the vegetables grown (from pictorial evidence), content information submitted to support the entry and the creativity and imagination of the overall entry.

Mark Cook, Persimmon’s managing director and Diane England, Persimmon’s sales director visited the school to hand over the £500 cheque.