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Around the World in 41 Barrows as Oasis Academy Hobmoor wins Gardeners World Live Award

A local primary school has been crowned winners of the BBC Gardeners’ World School Wheelbarrow Competition for 2019 with an ‘Around the World’ garden.

Oasis Academy Hobmoor, situated in the heart of the Yardley community, is celebrating this week as they were presented as primary school winners at BBC Gardeners World Live 2019.

The School Wheelbarrow competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live is an exceptionally popular annual feature at the show. Oasis Academy Hobmoor students have been working together with ‘Roots to Fruit’ since March to create a wheelbarrow.

Schools in the Midlands area were encouraged to look at the plants and gardens, as well as the architecture and cultures, of the world for their inspiration, creating a homage to their chosen land in the space of a barrow! From the Zen gardens of Japan to the intense patterns of Morocco, the bulbs of the Netherlands to the Alpine flora of Switzerland, each barrow was a creative and colourful potted tribute to the countries of the world as seen through the eyes of school children.

Darren King, Principal at Oasis Academy Hobmoor, commented on the prestigious award, saying; “I am thrilled with this success. The children have created such a unique garden – I am truly inspired by their talent and dedication. Our partnership with Roots to Fruit has enabled all of our children to understand, respect and appreciate our beautiful natural world.”

Roots to Fruit, a not for profit social enterprise, partnered closely with Oasis Academy Hobmoor across all year groups, and over the last three academic years have developed and delivered a unique package of outdoor learning skills which enriches and embeds the national curriculum.

On the day of presentation, the gardens were a showpiece engineered to illustrate that all the elements of the national curriculum are to be found in gardening, horticulture and the natural world.

This is the second year running that Oasis Academy Hobmoor have scooped the top prize – last year they won, when the general public attending the show voted their wheelbarrow best-in-show. They worked with Roots to Fruit on turning it into a Viking long ship containing all of the plants and vegetables grown by Vikings for their meals and feasts – using the same agricultural techniques employed by them a thousand years ago.

Adam Holder, Roots to Fruit, added; “We're entering our fourth year of delivering outdoor learning provision with Oasis Academy Hobmoor. They've always been tremendous supporters of our ethos of embedding and enriching the national curriculum through gardening, horticulture and the natural world.

“With numeracy, literacy, history, social history and every science discipline taken care of in the work we do - it was exciting to take that and showcase it to the wider world at the Gardeners World Live event held at the NEC.2"