Local schools have blooming marvellous gardens

Release Date: 07 June 2017

Green fingered pupils and staff at a local Barnes school have scooped the top prize in the Richmond in Bloom School Gardening Competition.

At an event today (7 June) in York House, teachers and pupils attended a special presentation ceremony to find out who would take the top prize in the annual competition.

Organised by Richmond in Bloom, the competition recognises the many different ways in which schools use their grounds to encourage environmental awareness and conservation.

The winning school was Harrodian in Barnes. They took home a £100 Squire’s voucher and the coveted Borough in Bloom Trophy. The judges picked the school due to the high standard of gardening on the Lonsdale Road site.

When visiting the garden judges found that every last centimetre of garden was planted with plants and vegetables. Pupils, parents and staff work hard to maintain the high standards, with students being encouraged to conduct experiments on different growing methods. This includes recycling coffee grounds from their cafe.

The Mayor presented all the winners with their certificates and prizes.

Other winners included:

  • Stanley Primary School, Bronze Certificate.
  • Archdeacon Cambridge, Silver Certificate and third place prize – Squire’s voucher worth £50.
  • Meadlands Primary School, Silver Gilt Certificate and tied second place prize – Squire’s voucher worth £75.
  • Hampton Hill Junior, Silver Gilt Certificate and tied second place prize – Squire’s voucher worth £75.
  • Trafalgar Infants, Silver Gilt Certificate and tied second place prize – Squire’s voucher worth £75.
  • Harrodian School Allotment – Gold Certificate, £100 Squire’s voucher and the winner’s Borough in Bloom Trophy.


Cllr Lisa Blakemore, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said:

“It is amazing how green-fingered and environmentally aware these young people are. Having a school garden not only supports pupils’ learning across many aspects of the curriculum; but it is also influential in helping schools build partnerships with local parents and community groups.

“Congratulations to Harrodian and all the other winners. This fantastic achievement reflects the hard work of our dedicated staff and pupils.”

Sheena Harold, one of the Richmond in Bloom Judges, said:

“This year we judged six schools across the borough. It had been a difficult time for them given the adverse weather conditions and those with greenhouses still had lots of plants in them as it was too cold to plant out in the ground. But the enthusiasm shown by the young gardeners was evident as they turn out in all weathers!

“I would like to say a big well done to all the winners and I look forward to seeing their gardens flourish over the next few months.”

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Updated: 30 June 2017