Growing gardeners

Growing gardeners

A green-fingered 10-year-old from Fife has beaten hundreds of entrants to win the title of RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2017.

Fraser White, who attends Dairsie Primary School near St Andrews, was nominated by his teacher, who described him as ‘a walking advert for the good gardening can do for a person.’ Fraser says that gardening is like ‘something sent from above’ and that he has used the school garden to help him make friends, relax and feel calm. He gives up his Saturdays to work in the garden and has organised gardening activities for the community including a toddler group and a local guild.

The RHS School Gardening Team of the Year is a 31-strong group of London secondary school pupils. The Hammersmith Academy team was commended not just for establishing a garden from scratch in a previously grey area of the school grounds, but for their work in the community. They have greened areas outside the school and have made the garden of a care home more wildlife-friendly. This year, they have also started to run workshops to share their gardening skills with local primary schools.

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