Flower power! Kids mingle with royals at Chelsea show

Children from Chaucer School in Ilkeston meet Prince Edward
Children from Chaucer School in Ilkeston meet Prince Edward
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‘Ecstatic’ pupils from Chaucer Junior School in Ilkeston travelled to London this week to man their display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show — and meet members of the royal family.

And as the ‘Tiser went to press, the garden, which has a Dig For Victory 1940s theme, was awarded a prestigious Silver GiltFlora award.

Parents, pupils and staff at the Cranmer Street school came up with the design.

It was picked from 230 entries to go on display at the prestigious annual gardening event.

Gemma Soal, nine, and James Wheatley, ten, took the trip to the capital with head teacher Anna Upton and parent volunteer Kerry Wheatley, who has been running the school gardening club for nine years.

Mrs Wheatley said: “It was a huge honour for our garden to be chosen to go on display at Chelsea.

“We got to meet Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles and Prince Edward. It was unbelievable.

“The fact it was in the show’s centenary year made it even more special. A lot of hard work has gone into the project which made it all worth it.”

Gemma was also given the honour of presenting the Duchess of Cornwall with a posy of flowers.

She said: “I had tears of joy in my eyes, I was so happy.”

Prince Charles congratulated the team on their garden and Prince Edward asked about the plants and props they had used.

Head teacher Mrs Upton said: “The project has really inspired the children into becoming budding gardeners.

“They’ve really enjoyed learning about all of the different plants and a different era of gardening.”