I was very pleased to take the opportunity to personally present this award – not something I am always able to do as I usually have a mountain of work in the office!
My drive from Chester to Stafford was largely uneventful. However, as I approached the small village of Church Eaton I was greeted by a farmer herding sheep – I sat in my car surrounded by the sheep as they passed!
I arrived 25 minutes early for the presentation. I was moved that the school had created a sign to welcome me. The banner also invited the residents of the village to attend.
I was greeted by Mr Shaw, Head Teacher at Church Eaton, who took me under his wing and made me feel very welcome.
I was then introduced to Richard Harris, who had nominated the school for the Green Schools Sustainability Award. Richard and his colleague Rose were also really welcoming.
Mr Shaw then took me to see the school’s Community Allotment, where I saw the different types of vegetables being grown. This is where I also met the chickens!
From the original photographs to experiencing what this small rural school has achieved was unbelievable.
What was also incredible is the amount of support from the community. Mr Shaw told me that local residents tend to the hedges and tomato plants, and that various other members of the community regularly give up their time to help the children to maintain the fruit and vegetable allotment.
The sheer commitment that the parents and local residents have shown towards the school and to the allotment was amazing.
Presenting the award was an incredible experience – especially given that the ceremony was attended by parents and residents!
Well done to everyone involved with the Church Eaton School Community Allotment! You have done a fantastic job and the award couldn't have gone to a more worthy winner!