BEDELL Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project co-ordinator is stepping down from the role after five years.
Ann Wragg, Floral Guernsey schools’ co-ordinator, has been instrumental in the management of Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project – in association with Floral Guernsey – which launched in January 2008 to introduce all primary school-aged children to gardening, educate them about their environment and encourage healthy eating.
Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project offers assistance with funding a variety of workshops and seminars, providing gardening equipment, the purchase of seeds and plants throughout the year, as well as being on hand to answer any gardening questions.
‘It has been extremely rewarding to see the extent of the positive impact that the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project has had over the past five years and what local children have gained from Ann and her enthusiasm for gardening and understanding the environment.
‘We are so thankful to Ann and her dedication in engaging the Bailiwick’s primary schools in this project,’ said Mark Helyar, managing partner, Bedell Cristin Guernsey.
In the last five years children at participating schools from across the island have taken part in a range of tailored workshops, which included planting bulbs for the Queen’s Jubilee.
Mrs Wragg said she was delighted to have been involved in the project.
‘Gardening provides many life skills and I am pleased that with the support of the Education Department its importance is now being recognised and included in school curriculums as it offers such good resources and opportunities for outside learning.
‘We have managed to realise many schools’ plans and it has been so encouraging to see the children’s enthusiasm and appreciate the depth of their knowledge. Ponds have been built, gardens formed, greenhouses, propagators and equipment provided and skilled advice given. Celebrity gardeners that have visited Guernsey have been able to visit schools and have been very impressed with what has been achieved, encouraging the children to do more.
‘The recent ‘Get Your School Grounds Growing’ seminar has strengthened our links with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening which provides an invaluable support to schools.
‘I am grateful for all the support given, in particular by Nigel Clarke, Phil Merrien and his team, Andy McCutcheon, Tina Norman-Ross, Bob Paine, John Woodward, Helen Litchfield and the late David Miller who have all helped in so many ways and given freely of their time.
‘Janine King and Nikki Symons of Floral Guernsey have helped immensely over the past year with the escalating organisation and workload and they will continue to support my replacement.
‘It has been extremely rewarding to have been involved with the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project and I have met so many lovely people over the years. I now feel it is time to hand over the reins to others to bring new ideas and develop further what I have started,’ said Mrs Wragg.
A new Floral Guernsey schools’ co-ordinator will be appointed in 2013.
To volunteer for Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project or find out more, please contact Ann Wragg at firstname.lastname@example.org