Merton school garden is ‘Top of the Plots’

Wimbledon Chase primary school has been awarded top spot in the national ‘Top of the Plots’ competition run by the Mirror newspaper.

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Volunteer Tony Cullen

The gardening competition looks at green patches across the country from beautiful Edens to veg plots.  Wimbledon Chase won the best school garden and were also overall winners bagging £500 in B&Q vouchers to spend on more gardening goodies.

Volunteer Tony Cullen plays a key role in maintaining the school’s garden. He runs the gardening club and ensures it is looked after outside of term time too. In preparation for Halloween pupils have grown pumpkins, some as heavy as ten stone. They have also planted wildflower seed, bulbs and trees. 

Wimbledon Chase also came joint first place in the recent Merton in Bloom awards, scooping the award for the best school wildlife garden.

Tony Cullen said: “I am pleased that the pupils’ hard work has been recognised. It is really pleasing to see so many children take an interest in gardening and gaining experience and enthusiasm for gardening that they can take with them as they grow up.”

Headteacher of Wimbledon Chase Sue Tomes said: “We are very proud of our garden. The work our pupils do to maintain them with Tony’s guidance is brilliant and the pumpkins they have grown are amazing.”

Cabinet member for education, Councillor Martin Whelton said: “It is great news that Wimbledon Chase has received national recognition for its garden. The pupils have done a great job in helping to plant and maintain the garden.”