Sherrards recently provided a helping hand at the Hampton Court Flower Show, through sponsorship of a unique garden development designed and built by students at West London’s Phoenix High School.
Selected as the only secondary school to exhibit at a major RHS show this year, the focus is around sourcing healthy produce for the local community.
Alongside fellow sponsors Mitie, Taylor Woodrow and the Salt Yard restaurant chain, Sherrards made a generous contribution to the development of the project, from farm funding to assistance with garden landscaping. The show had over 140,000 visitors attend over the course of the week and garden was one of only a few that visitors could walk through. The garden was themed on a unique take of 18th century London, to represent the diversity of the school housing exotic plants from the Commonwealth as well as plants for each region of the 68 nationalities among the students at the school.
The inspiration came from the school’s existing productive farm that produces fruit and vegetables used by local residents, student lunches and Salt Yard Restaurants. The farm has changed the dynamics of the school, providing inner-city students with the rare opportunity for hands-on outdoor education, aimed at developing healthy food sourcing and eating habits, while also helping those in need.
The design and build were led by the Key Stage 5 students alongside the school’s Horticulture teacher, Vanessa Hodder. The students did incredibly well and won The Royal Horticultural Society Silver- Gilt Medal for their vegetable box. All produce from the garden is either eaten or sold and many of the plants have been donated to local primary schools to start their own gardens.
A huge well done to Phoenix High school such a great achievement!