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Preparations 'growing' well for Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Show

Preparations 'growing' well for Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Show

Philip Dewey

Preparations 'growing' well for Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Show
Datchet St Mary's CE pupils Jack Rosser, Simran Dhaliwal, Gabriella Dewsnap, and Megan Brew.
There is just under one month to go until the return of the historic annual Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society (RWRHS) Show - and school pupils are being encouraged to prepare their best exhibits.

First prizes of £75 are up for grabs in two competitions - best floral exhibit and best log book - which will see pupils from 12 schools put their green fingers to the task ahead of the show on Saturday, July 19.

At last year's show, the top prizes were awarded to Clewer Green CE School, which won the Ken Mackintosh Shield for best floral exhibit, and Eton End School, which won The Royal Albert Institute Shield for best log book.

This year, floral exhibits are entitled The Food Chain, with pupils asked to come up with their own ideas to fit in with the theme.

Pamela Sanders, schools and educational manager for RWRHS, said: "The children have been given flowers and herbs to grow for the best exhibit prize.

"We live on an island which has been invaded many times over the centuries so different cultures have brought in their own foods and cooking methods so the theme of the exhibit is about these changes."

There are also junior classes for children wishing to compete individually in the show, with separate competitions for those aged eight and under and those aged between nine and 14.

Categories include miniature gardens, modelling, decorating, drawing, painting, cooking, and photography, with a number of cups and cash prizes up for grabs.

Pamela added: "Some schools run gardening clubs and some parents and grandparents get involved to help the youngsters grow and prepare their exhibits.

"The main thing is that the children have fun but it's about working towards healthy living and if children know how to grow their own food then they will usually want to eat it."

Floral exhibits and log books should be brought to the show at St George's School, at the Datchet Road entrance, after 3pm on Friday, July 18.

Children and parents are welcome to view their exhibits on the show day from 11am. Prize-giving is at 4pm.

Contact Pamela at pamela.m.sanders@gmail.com or 01753 817315 for more information.

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