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Cutcombe Church of England First School wins Stewart Garden Schools Programme 2016

Cutcombe Church of England First School has won the Stewart Garden Schools Programme 2016.

The school, in Minehead, Somerset, will receive £1,000 to spend at its local garden centre.

Created and run by Stewart Garden, the programme challenges school pupils aged 6-11 to get creative with Stewart Garden products.

And the students at Cutcombe Church of England First School did just that. Using Stewart Garden’s Corinthian Trough, they sowed and grew a colourful display of vegetables.

The students conducted science experiments and explored the process of photosynthesis to find out how to grow great plants.

The produce will be on display at this year’s Flower and Produce Show at Cutcombe Fete and auctioned off after the event to raise money for local charities.

The judges were captivated by the students’ enthusiasm for gardening and their community spirit. 

Congratulating the winner, Andy Burns, managing director at Stewart Garden said: “We congratulate Cutcombe Church of England First School on this project. It’s great to see how young people use our products and witness their passion for gardening and growing vegetables. The judges were impressed that Cutcombe Church of England First School integrated the programme into its curriculum and created a project that will help good causes locally.”

Emma Howe, office manager at Cutcombe Church of England First School, said: “Our students have so much passion for gardening and the whole school is ecstatic to have won this year’s Stewart Garden Schools Programme. The students are so excited and are already coming up with lots of ideas on how to spend the vouchers.”   

Ideal for outdoor spaces, including balconies, Stewart Garden’s classically inspired Corinthian planter is perfect for growing patio vegetables, herbs and heathers. Made from top quality plastic and available in three colours – terracotta, green and black – it’s lightweight yet will endure through all the seasons.

The winning students also made great use of Stewart Garden’s 52 cm Essentials Unheated Propagator for sewing broad beans, French beans, sweetcorn and peas. The propagator’s lightweight crystal clear cover has adjustable ventilation, making it easy to control the airflow to young plants.

Also in the kit received by every school taking part in the programme were:

  •            premium seed tray
  •            plastic plant pots
  •            5 litre watering cans 

Five runners up in the Stewart Garden Schools Programme 2016 will each receive £100 to spend at their local garden centre. These are:

  • Much Woolton Catholic Primary School, Watergate Lane, Liverpool
  • Crondall Primary School Crondall Primary School, Croft Lane, Hampshire
  • Sandal Castle Primary School, Barnsley Road, West Yorkshire
  • Bernard Gilpin Primary School, Hall Lane, Sunderland
  •  Loddon Primary School, Silverdale Rd, Reading

Almost 300 schools across the UK, from the Isle of Wight to Stirling, have participated in the Stewart Garden Schools Programme since 2013. Last year’s winner was Warren Road Primary School in Orpington, Greater London with its eco warriors theme. In 2014, Bradley Barton Primary School in Newton Abbot, Devon took first prize with its Wizard of Oz inspired garden.

The Stewart Garden Schools Programme is taking place for a fifth consecutive year in 2017. Check the Stewart Garden website,, Twitter, @StewartGarden, and Facebook,, for more information.



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