Worcestershire school allotments grow in funding boost

Pat Gething, Cllr Louis Stephen, Chris Thorp, Fran Stallard and Fliss Reading

Pershore College, which is part of WCG, has sponsored the Worcester Show Schools’ Gardening Competition since 2019, with its support helping many young people get involved with their school gardens and allotments.

Staff from the schools and their gardening club pupils gathered at the Pump House in Worcester’s Gheluvelt Park to receive their grants.

The event was supported by the Deputy Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Louis Stephen, together with Mark Whittaker from Pershore College, Cllr Mel Allcott and Cllr Owen Cleary of Worcester City Council, and members of Worcester Allotments Forum, Pat Gething, vice chairman, Chris Thorp, secretary, and Fran Stallard, treasurer, who presented the cheques to the schools’ representatives.

Cllr Louis Stephen, Deputy Mayor of Worcester City Council, said: “It was fantastic be at the event and see the enthusiasm of the many students taking part in the funding awards ceremony.

“Gardening is so important for supporting wildlife and biodiversity as well as helping our physical and mental health.”