Foresters primary school in Sutton, south London has won the Tilda Together 2018 competition and received a £500 cash prize, as well as a vegetable garden designed by horticulturalist and presenter of ITV’s Love Your Garden, Frances Tophill.
Catering manager, Terri Phillimore, who entered the school to win the Tilda Together Day, and attended the prize day, commented: “I am so excited to have won Tilda Together for the school and the pupils. The students have learnt so much today; to have a nutritionist talk about the goodness of food and Frances create a vegetable garden for them has been brilliant. It’s so important that children learn where their food comes from and how it can fuel them. To win all this has been fantastic.”
Along with the cash prize, the Tilda Together Day included a nutritional talk from top dietician and nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker, a visit from celebrity gardener Frances Tophill who taught the children how to plant vegetables, and games to learn about rice with Tilda account manager, Karen Goff.
Annette Coggins, head of Tilda Foodservice, added: “Tilda Together is in its third year and we’ve had more schools than ever enter for the chance to win. I am delighted that Foresters primary school enjoyed their day and that the pupils will continue to reap the benefits long into the future with the new vegetable garden. Tilda considers itself a partner to the education sector and we all have a shared responsibility to teach children about food and healthy eating. I’m thrilled the students got so much from the day.”
As part of Foresters’ curriculum to encourage healthy eating, the pupils will spend a term in the school vegetable garden and pledge to eat what they grow. Tophill said: “The day was fantastic, the pupils were so enthusiastic about the garden and they are very knowledgeable. We will have a full bed to harvest at the end of the year!
“It is so easy for children to enjoy the wrong kind of foods, so getting them involved in gardening and being part of the process where they sow the seeds, watch them grow and nurture the plants makes food interactive – it teaches them that healthy food can be fun too!”