Blooming success for Bo’ness pupils

Boness pupils were excited to hear their design had won at the Gardening Scotland awards in Edinburgh, they were also crowned best school entry
Boness pupils were excited to hear their design had won at the Gardening Scotland awards in Edinburgh, they were also crowned best school entry

Youngsters from Bo’ness Public Primary School were celebrating this week as they were crowned winners at Gardening Scotland.

The budding horticulturists entered into the school pallet competition and were not only awarded first in their category but were also named best school.

The P6 class, led by teacher Wilma Fleming, were ecstatic after hearing the news.

Wilma said: “The children really enjoyed designing, creating and building their exhibition. They are so resourceful and work amazingly hard.”

The resourcefulness of the pupils was shown at the beginning of the project when the school loaned each pupil £1 to help kick-start their fund.

Wilma said: “The £1 we loaned the children soon blossomed into a fantastic £276.”

Some pupils bought cleaning equipment and raised money by washing cars, another bought sweeties and had people pay to guess the number in a jar.

Wilma said: “A big thank you to all the parents who were so helpful throughout the process.”

With the funds raised the class then began designing their pallet entry. The top three were voted on by the pupils and were combined and Freddie’s Frozen Fantasy was created.

Before proud teacher Wilma and three students headed to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh to set up the exhibition the entire class picked out the plants needed for the pallet.

Wilma said: “The children got to learn loads about plants, how to care for them and learnt a lot about the marking process in the competition.

“The small team in Edinburgh then had to follow the agreed design and create Freddie’s Frozen Fantasy.”

After setting up the pallet, the rest of the class travelled through to the capital to enjoy the free entry event.

Wilma said: “The children spent the day expanding their horticultural knowledge and were speechless to discover their display was a double winner.”

With the competition over Freddie the Frog will be on display in the school gardens until the end of the year, however for the young entrepreneurs there is still more to be done.

Wilma said: “We had some hanging baskets which are in the process of being sold and then we will be finished.

“The kids really seemed to enjoy learning about plants and designing their own pallet.”