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Chelsea Flower Show 2023!

Many of us have forgotten the importance of nature in our life, and have therefore lost the ability to access it. A lot of our children spend their time on technology which is causing poor mental health and a negative mind set. We want to encourage outdoor learning to promote positive social interaction and to learn about our environment and how important conservation is.

The acceptance by The Chelsea Flower Show in 2022 to exhibit a garden got our pupils' imagination going wild.  Weeds are often overlooked and removed from view, though have historically many medicinal and wellbeing properties through foods, drinks and healing powers.  Our garden promoted such weeds and celebrated their beauty, strength and tenacity.  In part metaphor, but holistically a beautiful, calm and serene garden was promoted to the thousands of viewers who loved the cheekiness, honesty and beauty of the finished garden on show.

Of course, the pupils were thrilled to get a medal from the judges - a bronze medal!  made all the more special as it was presented to the federation of schools in the context of being judged alongside the best horticulturalists and designers in the world!

Wow!  What is possible with support and nurturing - the abilities of our children having the platform to thrive!

BBC Television - The Chelsea Flower Show - Interview 

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Alice welcomed the Chelsea Pensioners to the garden on the Press Day.

Ciaran took part in the story-telling.

Princess Alexandra showed great interest in the garden and shared her passion for supporting young people into horticulture.  TV and radio presenter and horticulturalist stepped by to congratulate Mrs Griffin and the pupils on the garden.

King Charles III came onto our garden, with Queen Camilla looking on with great interest.





Chelsea Flower Show 2022 - Bronze Medal Winner

We won a Bronze medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 2022!

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The BBC covered our garden on TV (catch up on BBC iPlayer Chelsea Flower Show Episode 6 and the Highlights show)

Our accessible sensory garden combined weeds, wild flowers, cultivated vegetables and herbs to connect the roots between humans and plants. We used recycled materials and grew the plants from seeds/cuttings at Collett and St Luke's schools.

Our local community is very important to us and we wanted to celebrate this garden and everything it stands for, with them, here in Hertfordshire. Through the amazing support we received from the Bugler Foundation, we transported the garden in its entirety overnight from Chelsea to Hertfordshire County Show.

This incredible feat is in example of our promotion of 'ability in disability' to our local community. The relationship with our community forms an essential aspect of introducing our pupils to work-related learning.