Writtle College sowing the seed for the future generation

June 2015

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

To promote World Environment Day (Friday 5th June) Writtle College are working with Writtle Infant and Junior Schools, to raise awareness of the importance to preserve and enhance the environment.

As a way to inspire children to enjoy plants and gardening and in turn make them aware of their environment, Writtle College has provided packets of seeds for each pupil, ranging from sunflowers, forget-me-nots, poppies and cornflowers.

By opting for brightly-coloured flowers and scented plants, Writtle College hopes to capture children’s interest and encourage them to become involved in gardening, which can also develop into a greater interest in healthy eating if they wish to continue to grow their own veg.

As gardening is both a healthy and inexpensive way for children to learn and have fun at home or school, Writtle College Horticulture Lecturer, John Cullum, joined both the Infant and Junior Schools’ assemblies Friday (5th June) to teach them about the benefits of getting green fingers! He explained how plants are important to the environment and the world around them, and discussed food miles and how fruit and vegetables find their way to the supermarket.

Writtle Junior School Deputy Head, Sue Evans said; “Writtle Junior School was extremely happy to be celebrate World Environment day alongside Writtle College, building on the work done by lecturer John Cullum and our thriving Gardening Club. The pupils really enjoyed their vegetable and flower themed assembly which touched on many themes including food miles seasonal produce. We welcomed the opportunity to work with Writtle College to highlight these important issues.

“It was also a great treat for the children to receive a seed packet for them to grow flowers at home, to continue an interest in horticulture.”

John Cullum, commented; “I was delighted to be able to join Writtle Infant and Junior assemblies on World Environment Day, to teach them about the importance of gardening and hopefully by making it fun and interesting for them, it will encourage the children to continue to grow flowers or vegetables at school or at home.”

In addition to this activity, Writtle College students dressed up in animal onesies for part of Wear it Wild day, raising money and awareness for World Environment Day.