Tennis inspiration for school's show garden

Worcester News: Tudor Grange Academy are building a themed garden for this years Malvern Spring show. The garden theme is Wimbledon 'Game, Set and Match' and Year 8 students have made self portraits of themselves as members of the crowd. Picture by John Anyon. 18 Tudor Grange Academy are building a themed garden for this years Malvern Spring show. The garden theme is Wimbledon 'Game, Set and Match' and Year 8 students have made self portraits of themselves as members of the crowd. Picture by John Anyon. 18

A crowd of familiar faces will make up one wall of a school's garden entry to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Pupils from Tudor Grange Academy Worcester have created self-portraits which will be used to form a celebratory crowd scene for their Wimbledon-inspired garden.

The schoolchildren have chosen Andy Murray's Wimbledon win as the inspiration of their garden in line with the festival's Great Moment in History theme.

The garden will be called Game, Set and Match and will feature tennis balls, rackets and splashes of yellow, green and purple to mark the famous Wimbledon colours.

Fran Cartmell, art teacher, said pupils from years 7 to 10 had been involved in the design and creation of the garden.

She said: "I think they chose Murray's win because it was relatable to them.

"It was something they watched.

"The garden is a deconstructed tennis court.

"The tennis balls have holes in them and will be filled with flowers.

"Tennis balls will be used as the edges for the pathway and tennis rackets will be the fence posts.

"We have done tennis shoes that are planters.

"It's quite conceptual."

Mrs Cartmell said the pupils had been involved in the garden as part of the school's extracurricular programme, Skills Action Services, where pupils of different ages work alongside each other.

The artistic part of the programme is called Art on the Outside.

Materials for the garden have been donated by a number of local businesses including turfing from Teal Turf and tennis balls from Worcester Lawn Tennis Club.

Mrs Cartmell said: "It's a really fantastic chance for the students to work well as a team.

"It's very popular."

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday, May 8 until Sunday, May 11.

It is the only RHS show in the UK to have a collection of show gardens designed and built entirely by schoolchildren.

This year a record number of 21 schools from across Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire will be creating gardens.

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