Pupils pay tribute to flower show organiser

Kerry Wheatley, left, with Emily Knighton, 9, Gemma Soal, 9, Rubie Leatherland, 10, Grace Freeman, 10, James Wheatley, 10, and Harry Buchanan, 10.

Kerry Wheatley, left, with Emily Knighton, 9, Gemma Soal, 9, Rubie Leatherland, 10, Grace Freeman, 10, James Wheatley, 10, and Harry Buchanan, 10.

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Award winning pupils from Chaucer Junior School have renovated the grave of one of the Chelsea Flower Show’s original organisers.

After scooping a Silver-Gilt award at the prestigious event earlier this year the children chose to mark 100 years since the beginning of the Royal horticultural Society show by renovating the family grave of Samuel Thomas Wright.

One hundred years ago Mr Wright, the first superintendent of the RHS Gardens in Wisley, Surrey had helped to organise the first RHS Flower Show in the grounds of The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London.

Last week Emily Knighton, nine, Gemma Soal, nine, Rubie Leatherland, 10, Grace Freeman, 10, James Wheatley, 10, and Harry Buchanan, 10, travelled to the grave of the Wright family in the grounds of St Peter’s Church, Snelston, near Ashbourne to plant bulbs and and autumn flowering pansies, bellis daisies and other seasonal plants.

Garden club organiser, Kerry Wheatley, said: “We just thought it would be a nice idea to go and pay our respects to the man who made the Chelsea Flower Show happen.

“With him being at the first show and us being there at the 100th it just seemed a nice way to recognise him, especially as the grave is in Derbyshire too.

“We had a lovely day and the children really enjoyed themselves.

“It looked wonderful when we had finished.”

The children will return in Spring.