Pennypot Day Nursery scoops RHS Gardening Award
There was cause for celebration at Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham as proud children and practitioners learnt they had been awarded their Level 3 certification as part of the RHS ‘Campaign for School Gardening’, following months of hard work.
The five-level scheme, which encourages children to engage in outdoor learning and practical projects which benefit the environment such as creating habitats for wildlife, is being enjoyed by pre-schoolers from the day nursery on Pennypot Lane, who are now working their way towards the Level 4 accolade and earning rewards as they go.
As a result of their efforts, which have been led by Pennypot Day Nursery Eco-Coordinator, Mel Sponder, the setting has been sent a selection of plug plants from Rocket Gardens to bed outside, including beetroot, potatoes, lettuce, strawberries, spinach and leeks, which will then be used by talented Nursery Chefs in meals.
This is the latest in a series of eco-accreditations for Pennypot, who are already the proud holders of a prestigious Green Flag as part of the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools scheme, the highest accolade, which is awarded for exceptional conservation and awareness practices, involving children at every age in nursery.
Pennypot Day Nursery Eco-Coordinator, Mel Sponder explained;
“We are delighted to have reached this milestone and can’t wait to drive forward more positive change. We fully recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development and this project has provided so many brilliant learning opportunities. The eco-activities are hugely popular and we believe this will stand the children in great stead for the rest of their lives.”