RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2015

Walton High School
Stafford, Staffordshire
60 team members, aged 11-16

About Walton High School

Walton High School has a well-established and flourishing eco gardening group called the ‘Walton Warriors’. In the summer of 2014 the group was awarded the coveted RHS Level Five School Gardening Award, following several years of diligent work to move up from Level 1 to Level 4. The Warriors created a new fruit and vegetable raised bed garden in 2014; calling it the Destiny Garden as the students wanted to take destiny into their own hands with a healthier lifestyle and healthier food. Tending the crops in the beds has been the groups’ responsibility each week, and they have implemented a rota to share tasks during the school holidays. Throughout summer and autumn they harvested an excellent crop of vegetables and sold the surplus to the school staff, after taking bags full home.

The group has been involved in a huge number of gardening activities from growing pumpkins for a pumpkin decorating competition to pressing apples from the orchard to make juice for an end of term party. The group has also held community events, inviting parents and adults into the school to help clear beds, sow seeds, plant bulbs and prepare beds for the winter. The students publish all their work on a blog on the school website which they update weekly. The group has demonstrated a growing understanding of environmental and sustainable issues by using the dark cold winter months to manufacture hedgehog houses and garden bird boxes in the school workshops which they offered for sale to raise funds. An emerging project is to grow the flowers and shrubs as materials to create seasonal floral wreaths. Members from the group have also been weaving some frames from wild Hops growing on the local canal towpath.

Judges’ comments

“The students at Walton High School should be commended as a truly outstanding and incredibly driven group. The garden they created was also a beautiful example of horticulture at its best. Stunning designs and healthy, lush plants. And all this under their own steam. A wonderful example to us all.”

“The knowledge that the pupils have of plant varieties and their history, particularly of the apples that they are growing, is great to see. Their use of all of the available growing space is an inspiration (who would’ve thought of growing pumpkins on a bike shed roof!).”

“A stunning garden with a great team and work ethic”

Walton High School's entry video

See the profiles of our other finalists:

Palmerston School

Ballycraigy Primary School
St. Christopher's CE High School

Walton High School is an RHS Five Star Gardening School.

Work through levels 1 to 5 in our School Gardening Awards and you can gain some fantastic rewards and become an RHS Five Star Gardening School too.

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