NIB’s work with Schools 2019

Back in 2018 the Primary Schools in Nantwich were asked if they would like to take part in a ‘Planted Pot Project’, for the second year running.  In 2017 five schools participated and to our delight six schools – Highfields Academy, Millfields Primary School, Nantwich Primary Academy, Pear Tree Primary School, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School and Weaver Primary School – wanted to support Nantwich In Bloom by decorating and planting up a large pot to display to the RHS judges on judging day which took place in July.  To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War we suggested that the pupils should decorate and plant the pots with that theme in mind.

All six pots were brilliant – the pupils certainly embraced the project with great enthusiasm and imagination.  As with all gardeners last summer they faced extra challenges with the very hot and dry weather, but still managed to produce highly decorative and very well planted and managed pots.The pots were displayed in front of St Mary’s Church on the day of the RHS judging.  Pupils and teachers from Highfields and Nantwich Academy came to meet Nantwich In Bloom members and talk to the judges about their pots.  The judges were delighted and very impressed with all pots, and very much appreciated the schools’ participation in a project, which no doubt helped towards our fantastic achievement of being awarded gold in Northwest In Bloom.

In appreciation of the schools’ participation a committee member from Nantwich In Bloom, Sue Sherwood, visited all the schools involved and attended an assembly at most.  Sue thanks all the pupils and staff for their enthusiasm and fantastic pots and presented each school with spring bulbs and instructions in how to plant a ‘blub lasagne’.  This involves planting the different types of bulbs at differing levels in the pot to provide a long lasting and exciting display of spring flowers. No doubt the pupils will have great fun planting the ‘lasagne’ and watching the results!

Nantwich In Bloom also created two new raised beds surrounding our signs to welcome visitors to the town last year – one on The Barony and a second next to Nantwich Lake. Pupils and the headteacher from St Anne’s Primary School joined Sue and another member, Penny Rowlinson, to plant up the bed by the lake.  The pupils were a great help on a very hot day!

Again many thanks to all of you that took part.