Green-fingered pupils from across Birmingham schools have been recognised for their best fruit and vegetables at the annual Health for Life Schools’ Horticultural Show.
Pupils from 14 schools competed in the programme’s third show held, this year, at King’s Norton Boys’ School. They displayed a wide variety of produce, including beetroots, strawberries, radishes and green beans.
Bringing together primary and secondary schools which have been participating in the Health for Life programme since it began in 2011, the show celebrates the pupils’ achievements of growing their own produce at school and at home.
With all the entries displayed, judges and school representatives viewed each submission before choosing the primary and secondary school winners across seven categories.
The categories included eco-garden design, edible plants in an interesting container, grown on your own – the best example of a self-grown fruit or vegetable by a pupil - and the biggest, longest, heaviest plant grown.
Winning schools included Lakey Lane Primary School which received two prizes including edible plant in an interesting container and eco-garden design in a seed tray, and Broadway Academy which won the best packet pickled and preserved, and the eco-garden design in a tray awards.
Niall Crawford, education advisor at Services for Education, said: “As always the schools’ and pupils’ efforts for the horticultural show have impressed everyone. You can tell how proud the students are of their entries, and their excitement at winning makes the whole initiative that much more rewarding.”
The Health for Life programme is currently running in primary and secondary schools and, since its launch, has reached 125 schools in the city involving around 50,000 students and reaching 100,000 adults, including school staff and families.
It is funded by the Mondelēz International Foundation, and delivered by the Health Education Service, in conjunction with Life Education Centres West Midlands and The Conservation Volunteers.
Kelly Farrell, community affairs manager at Mondelēz International, added: “The Health for Life programme is designed to support healthier lifestyles for school children and staff across Birmingham, encouraging them to get involved in projects relating to healthy eating, food growing and physical activity.
“All 14 schools that participated displayed brilliant entries, and it was clear that the students spent a lot of time growing and preparing the produce on offer. We are proud to support events such as these which truly celebrate healthier lifestyles across schools and the community.”
The £3.1million five year programme, supports activities that engage pupils, school staff and families in growing food, healthy eating and cookery and physical activity.
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