Dunhurst receives top RHS award

Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst in Petersfield, has received a top award from the UK's leading gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society, in recognition of its school gardening achievements. The school is a member of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and caters for children aged 8-13 teaching subjects such as Outdoor Work and lessons in sustainability.

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14th January 2016Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst in Petersfield, has received a top award from the UK’s leading gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society, in recognition of its school gardening achievements.

The school is a member of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and caters for children aged 8-13 teaching subjects such as Outdoor Work and lessons in sustainability.

Dunhurst has been a member of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening since 2015. The Campaign is a nationwide initiative that inspires and supports schools to provide children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development. Schools are helped to progress in their garden with the RHS School Gardening Awards, a scheme made up of five levels offering resources and guidance from the planning stages through to integrating the garden into daily school life. Upon completing each level, the school is sent a certificate and prize. 

Ryan Walsh, Head of Outdoor Work at Dunhurst, said: “Horticulture is a personal passion, and I am delighted that the pupils have also shown such enthusiasm – particularly growing their own fruit and vegetables. Every child in the school has been involved in horticulture in some way – whether it be sowing seeds, grafting apple trees, building compost bins and vegetable beds, weeding or harvesting. But the pupils have also taken this passion out into the community, and we have a regular gardening slot at our local church in Steep and have helped with planting schemes at St. James’ CE Primary School, Emsworth.”

For reaching Level Five, Dunhurst has been awarded £200 in National Garden Gift Vouchers and an ‘RHS Five Star Gardening School’ plaque which is on display in the grounds.

Green-fingered Josh, year 8, said: “I like to garden because it is a very nice feeling to know that you are growing your own food, know where it has come from, and that it is healthy.”

For more information about Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, visit: www.bedales.org.uk/prep and for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, visit www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening

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For more information about this release, contact Milly Withers on 01730 711557

For more information on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening please contact Siobhán MacMahon on 020 7821 3043 or siobhanmacmahon@rhs.org.uk

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About Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst

Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). The vision of Bedales' founder, John Badley, was to create a school which would be profoundly different from the public schools of his day. From 1893, when Bedales began, there was a determination to shape the school around what was considered best for the individual child's educational welfare and happiness.

“Our distinctive approach to learning helps children excel academically. We are surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the South Downs, which we take every opportunity to explore. Learning at Dunhurst extends far beyond the classroom. Whether it is a lesson in Outdoor Work or Mathematics, outdoor learning is very much part of our ethos of educating through ‘head, hand, heart’. We pride ourselves in the creative nature of our teaching and learning. We also maintain as much freedom as is practically possible from the pressures of testing whilst underpinning our curriculum with rigour and quality. We go beyond the Common Entrance curriculum giving children a deeper and broader approach to learning that better prepares them for their senior school life.” – Jane Grubb, Head of Dunhurst.

About the RHS Campaign for School Gardening
The RHS School Gardeners of the Year competition is part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, which actively involves more than 22,000 schools across the UK in growing and gardening. Children are taught about plants and gardening and their environment. Through gardening they learn about healthy fruit and vegetables, wildlife and important life skills such as teamwork, social skills and co-operation. Using an outdoor classroom where children can learn in a fun, engaging way provides huge benefits. Information, lesson plans and advice for schools is provided online and is backed up by support from the RHS Education team and RHS Campaign for School Gardening Regional Advisors. Schools and youth organisations can sign up to RHS Campaign for School Gardening online: rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.

About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

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About Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst

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