The Northumbria in Bloom campaign for school gardening, Growing Together for Schools, is continuing this year, by public demand.
Instead of each school being visited individually by a Northumbria in Bloom assessor, you are asked to complete a pro forma PowerPoint portfolio of your school garden, including showing how it is integrated into the curriculum, where relevant. You will be able to receive individual advice from the North East RHS Community Outreach Advisor about your entry or your garden if necessary.
The portfolios will be assessed by a panel of Northumbria in Bloom judges. By the end of May a shortlist of five schools will be notified that they are finalists. They will be visited by our assessors before the end of June.
You will receive a certificate showing your level of achievement, and the Award Winners will be informed of their trophies at the beginning of July, so that you can involve the pupils in a celebration before the end of the summer term. The trophy winners will be invited to the Northumbria in Bloom Awards Ceremony on 13 September 2017 at the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead.
Who should enter?
Any school is eligible to enter.
How is your school assessed?
Your school will be assessed on the pillars of:
- Involvement of students and/or carers in design, growing and maintenance.
- Contribution to students’ understanding of plants and their uses.
- Contribution to the students’ development.
- Use of horticulture in the curriculum.
- Appropriate choice of plants.
- Appearance, quality and condition of plants.
- Maintenance – weeding, deadheading etc.
- Wildlife consideration.
- Awareness of the environment.
What are the levels of achievement?
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What is the award?
Each entry will receive a certificate with their level of achievement, and the award winners will be informed of their trophies.
- A bespoke day-long workshop for staff and students at your school, delivered by Christine Wright, RHS North East Community Outreach Advisor.
- Glass Award Winner’s trophy.
4 runners up:
- Glass finalists’ trophy.
How can you enter?
The entry fee is £10, which will help us with the running costs of the campaign. We are suggesting that you might encourage the pupils to raise this fee themselves by holding a fundraising event, details of which you can then add to your portfolio.
You can apply to enter by emailing your name and school details, (including postcode) to Christine Wright, RHS Community Outreach Advisor (North East) at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will then email you the PowerPoint entry pro forma and details of where to send your entry fee cheque.
When you have completed your PowerPoint entry, please return it to Christine. Your completed submission must be received by her by 19 May.