The Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Linda Gillham was so impressed with the efforts of Stepgates Community School, Stepgates, Chertsey to make their school bee and bug friendly that although they didn’t win a place in this year’s Runnymede in Bloom competition, a special Mayor’s prize was awarded to them.
Cllr Linda Gillham said: “The Runnymede in Bloom judges were particularly impressed with the entry from Stepgates school. The children met us and took great delight in showing us all the various areas they had developed, where they could learn not only about gardening but also the importance of wildlife in the garden. In awarding a special “Mayor’s prize” this year we wanted to congratulate all the children at Stepgates School for taking up the Mayor’s theme ‘Plan BEE for Runnymede’ in such an enthusiastic way.”
Plan BEE for Runnymede is the Mayor’s initiative to increase the BEE population of Runnymede. Any money raised during the Mayoral year will be given to schools, youth groups and others prepared to plant nectar rich plants. This initiative will also advertise the plight of the BEE and their importance for food security.
Stepgates Community School will be presented with their certificate by the Mayor in September at a Runnymede in Bloom presentation evening to be held at the Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone.