School win silver at Chelsea show

Chaucer Junior School at chelsea flower show Ilkeston
Chaucer Junior School at chelsea flower show Ilkeston

Children from an Ilkeston primary school have once again impressed judges at the Chelsea Flower Show by winning a silver gilt award.

Chaucer Junior School was one of a number of schools - and the only one in Derbyshire - that won the award for their contribution to the Miracle Grow Stand.

This is the third time they have won a silver and celebrate their achievement a group from the school were invited to the show. Kerry Wheatley who runs the gardening club, headteacher Anna Upton and year six pupils Evie Sisson and Finn Elliott Hufton has an amazing day

Kerry, who runs the club voluntarily, said: “ A few days before we went I messaged some of the garden designers and arranged for them to show us around, including Sean Murray, the first amateur gardeners to have a show garden on Main Avenue.

“We were given personal tours of the garden. Whereas everybody else was behind the ropes, we were actually in the gardens. The kindness of the designers was great. This was one of my favourite years because we went around the gardens with the designers explaining what plants they had put in and why.

“We also met Paul Cummins who did the tower poppies.

“As an experience it was a day that we will never forget. It was a privilege to be invited.”

“We would like to thank Erewash Borough Council and West Park Nursery - they helped us with our growing.”

The school’s name appears on a plaque at the show, among others that also won a silver. Kerry said the gardening club, which now has 95 children part of it, said they are now chasing the gold and will enter other contests including Erewash in Bloom.