Woodley Mayors judge school Tray Garden challenge

Woodley Town Mayor judging Tray Gardens

Woodley Town Council Mayor and Deputy Mayor judge Woodley schools’ Tray Garden Challenge

Enthusiastic Year 1 pupils from Beechwood, Highwood, Rivermead, South Lake and St Dominic Savio primary schools recently spent the day at Waingels College, showcasing their creativity in a Tray Garden Challenge. 

The morning was spent in workshops run by Waingels’ Art Department, where the children made items to use to help decorate their gardens. In the afternoon, everything came together as they used those items, and a wealth of beautiful plants donated by Winnersh Garden Centre, to create gardens with an Olympic theme.


The gardens were judged by Woodley Mayor, Cllr Juliet Anderson, Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr David Bragg, Cassie King from British Garden Centres and Brenda Milton from the Woodley Flower Club.  

They were all very impressed with the children’s creativity, the teamwork that they showed and their ability to confidently discuss their designs with the judges.  All the children received a certificate for taking part, presented by the Mayor and Mr Hickey, Head of Highwood Primary School. While Winnersh Garden Centre donated seeds for all and prizes for the winners. 

The wonderful creations were then on display for all to see during Woodley Carnival, alongside the incredible Woodley Flower Club exhibition.

Woodley schools cluster

The Tray Garden Challenge is one of four Challenge Days run for different year groups on an annual basis. The projects, initiated by Mr Hickey, Head of Highwood Primary School, bring together children and teachers from Woodley schools to collaborate on an activity that provides real benefit to the children. 

“Hosting the events at local secondary schools also introduces the pupils to the sights and sounds of their next educational step, helping to ease transition worries. These projects would not be possible without the generous donations from local companies and the funding awarded from a Woodley Town Council grant, for which we are very grateful,” commented a spokesperson for the Woodley Schools Cluster. 

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