Dovelands on Hinckley Road is the first primary school in Leicester to be awarded the converted Royal Horticulture Society Level 5 Award.
Nationally there are nearly 30,000 schools and youth organisations signed up to the scheme. Only 1% has managed to reach level 5. Head teacher Sarah McCadam said 'Dovelands are very proud to be up there with those high achievers.'
To pass the level 5 the children have worked hard all last year on a project about hedgehogs. It started with an idea from a then year 6 pupil, Daisy, who just wanted to share her knowledge of the endangered hedgehog with her class mates. The project studied the animals diet, nocturnal and hibernating habits, the problems faced by traffic, litter and blue slug pellets. The school garden was made hedgehog friendly and children spread the word by postcards written to friends and family. Each class made clay hedgehogs which were sold for 50p each raising enough money to sponsor 7 hedgehogs for the school.
Christine Holton & Melanie Hodgson
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