St Charles pupils stand tallest in growing challenge

Benjamin, Kaden, Anya, Emily, Eliza, Aiden, James, India, Poppy and Tobias from St Charles with their teaching assistants Mrs Ingleby and Mrs Beard.

Children from St Charles RVCA Primary School in Spennymoor have been standing proud since finding out that they grew the tallest sunflower an the County Durham Growing Challenge.

Young growers were invited to take part in the Growing Challenge, arranged by Durham County Council’s waste strategy team in partnership with Durham Community Action’s Growing Durham project, to encourage growing and composting in the local community.

Forty-three schools and five community groups entered the contest, which took place during the summer, all competing to grow the tallest sunflower and the largest pumpkin.

And it was St Charles’ efforts which came out on top when Year 3 pupil, Aiden, grew the winning entry – at a whopping 340cm – in his dad’s allotment on behalf of the school.

The children took part in the competition through their Eco Club, which takes place every Tuesday and was recently awarded Silver Eco School status from Keep Britain Tidy.

The school, which is also using an edible growing grant from OASES to develop a kitchen garden, received £100 in vouchers to purchase new gardening equipment.

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