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Trafalgar Infant School wins competition for Richmond

Trafalgar Infant School wins competition for Richmond

Blue Peter Gardener, Chris Collins, tro present School Food Matters competition winners with their own school allotment.Trafalgar Infant School has scooped top honours in a local competition developed to urge young children, within the Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston, to think about food production and sustainability, and won a garden makeover from social housing repairs and maintenance specialist Mears.Launched by School Food Matters and Richmond Environment Network (REN), local schools were thrown the gauntlet and asked to produce a short film showing the life of a food staple.Trafalgar Infant School won the competition for Richmond and is to receive a purpose built allotment from Mears, which will include a shed, tools and raised vegetable beds."We are thrilled to win," explains Lynne Thompson, Headteacher of Trafalgar Infant School. "The children, along with their teacher, Miss Jackson, thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and worked very hard. They will certainly enjoy the allotment and it will provide a source of learning for all the children for many years to come."The school is to be presented the prize at a special ceremony on 1st May by Blue Peter Gardener, Chris Collins. Also attending the event will be the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Helen Lee-Parson and environmentalist and initiator of School Food Matters, Zac Goldsmith.The four judges of the competition, Jenny Powell, CSR Manager for Mears South; Duncan Sinclair, Agriculture Manager for Waitrose; Cliff Marriott of Rushall Organic Farm and Chris Collins, Blue Peter Garden, agreed that all projects were 'incredibly inspiring'. With Trafalgar Infant School delivering 'outstanding work' that met the criteria for a well researched, factually accurate project that tells the story of 'where does my food come from', in a compelling and creative way."It was an extremely close competition," explains Chris Collins. "The Trafalgar Infant School team provided a very polished film and they should be very proud of themselves."