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SJBC's young gardeners win Caring for Creation Award!


Congratulations to the young gardeners from SJBC who won a Barbara Ward Award for Caring for Creation at the recent Celebrating Young People Awards. They were recognised for creating a green oasis in the heart of Battersea. Here's what Million Minutes wrote in announcing their success:

St John Bosco College is in the midst of Battersea's tower-block estates. A group of enthusiastic and hard-working year 7s established the very first school gardening club, meeting weekly after school. The young gardeners took a small otherwise ignored patch of playground, and with commitment, passion and a great deal of industry and imagination transformed it into a haven for plants and wildlife. They have also brought their work indoors, cultivating flower seeds and strawberry crowns in small pots (currently housed on a windowsill in the Library), which they lovingly tend to daily.

Despite a lack of resources and funding, the group have welcomed donations of seeds and materials from generous friends and parents and have repaid the generosity with not just devotion to the gardening club but also persistence, determination and humour when faced with the familiar but infuriating problems of slugs and squirrels. Rather than get disheartened, the students have sought innovative ways to protect their plants as well as seek advice from professionals and are enthusiastic when they see new shoots.

A staff member said, ├ČOne of the notable features of the gardening club is the amount of pleasure and fun the students get from being members, which is reinforced by their regular attendance, come rain or shine and their fearlessness when it comes to getting their hands dirty or finding large worms in the ground. The group would relish being acknowledged as it would show their efforts are worthwhile and fulfilling.


St John Bosco College, Battersea (Archdiocese of Southwark)


Find out more about the Celebrating Young People Awards and think about who you could nominate next year!

Last modified on Friday, 05 July 2019 04:17