Bletchingley pupils take their studies out into the great outdoors

Green-fingered pupils at the Hawthorns School in Bletchingley have been making the most of the sunshine recently, taking part in a range of activities in the great outdoors.

The school's lunchtime garden club worked hard creating a recycled pallet garden for the RHS Budding Gardeners’ competition.

The pupils had to design and build a one-metre square garden which they planted up using seeds sown in old plastic bottles and even wellington boots.

Pupils Theo Gumbley, Isabelle Jones, Jack Mehmood, William Pye and Lily Martin worked as a team creating their competition entry, which they then had to take to RHS Wisley to be judged.

Lizzie Bruce, head of conservation at the school, said: “The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.

“It was great to see the amazingly creative ideas that the children had thought of and it even gave me a few ideas to try out back at school in the future.”

Elsewhere in the school grounds, Camilla Townley, Hawthorns head of sustainability, hosted a one-day eco-conference for pupils from three local primary schools - Furzefield, Hillcroft and St Catherines.

The youngsters joined some older Hawthorns pupils to spend the day on activities including lighting fires in the school woods, using the high ropes course, and turning their hand to a little willow weaving.

The activities form part of a range of studies undertaken at The Hawthorns School in its 35-acre site, including an annual star-gazing camp for pupils and parents, and an annual survival camp for the older pupils.

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