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Countess of Wessex witnesses award winning rooftop garden on Hackney school visit

Southwold Primary School recently had a visit from The Countess of Wessex who witnessed their award-winning rooftop garden.

The rooftop garden is maintained by the students who grow flowers and produce which is used in the school kitchen. Just some of the vast variety of plants include wheat that the students grind down in order to make bread.

Head-teacher, Gulcan Metin Asdoyuran, at the school in Detmold Road, Upper Clapton, spoke of the pride behind the garden.

“We are all very proud of our amazing rooftop garden. The children love going up there and learning how plants grow, turning flax into fabric. It is a great hands-on learning experience.”

Other dignitaries, in addition to the Countess of Wessex, attended the event in celebration of the school winning the Worship Company of Gardeners’ Challenge Cup which was judged by the London Children’s Flower Society which was founded in 1945.

This society works to encourage youth to develop an interest in horticulture.  Just celebrating their 70th anniversary, the London Children’s Flower Society mostly provides their services to primary schools, but occasionally nursery and special needs schools. Together with the work to grow children’s interest in horticulture, the society holds three competitions a year – a Spring Bulb Competition, Summer Flower and School Garden Competition which are open to any London schools who want to enter. Other projects include Planting the Playground– a chance to provide schools with little to no garden space with the tools to create suitable gardening space.

Southwold Primary School pride themselves in encouraging  students with “high aspirations, an enduring enthusiasm for learning and the confidence to address the world on their own terms.” They work to ensure each child is taught in a welcoming environment and that every student has equal access to the curriculum with an appreciation in the arts.

Photo Credit: Dupe Creative via Flickr

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