Pupils growing into role at garden event

Pupils from a Sheffield school are to play a key role in a new garden show taking place at the Botanical Gardens next month.

Youngsters and their teachers from nearby King Edward VII School are designing a show garden for GardenUP, a two-day event using new technologies and materials.

The finished work will reflect Sheffield of the past, present and future, fusing unusual materials with traditional plants.

Students are making sculptures for the garden that will mingle with the natural environment through the use of steel, wood and wire.

They will depict birds, bugs and large abstract organic structures.

GardenUP will take place on the weekend of June 7 and 8, and will feature exhibitions, sales stands and show gardens.

Teachers Helen Lewis, Rachel Payne and Simon Burns are co-ordinating King Edward’s contribution after being approached by city council horticultural specialist Richard Nicholle.

He said: “GardenUP is a truly cutting edge event that provides a platform for showcasing innovation and design. It will offer the public wonderful new ideas and products.”

King Edward’s staff, parents and pupils are being asked to loan or donate shrubs, herbs and plants to the school and they will be incorporated into the show garden exhibition space.

They need to be in plastic plant pots for the display as the hallowed turf of the Botanical Gardens cannot be dug up.

Any which don’t need to be returned will be planted in the school grounds after the conclusion of the show.

The event will feature 60 exhibitors and trade stands, showcasing innovative products and ideas, as well as a range of sculptures.