PUPILS at two Wye Valley schools have been busy preparing their entry for one of Britain’s top gardening shows.

Around 160 pupils of St Briavels and Redbrook schools – which together make up the Wye Federation – came together last week to make hundreds of elements for their garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Malvern Show in May.

They are hoping their entry based on the musical The Lion King will emulate last year’s fairy tales garden which won the Schools Challenge title.

The children started growing plants last autumn and have put more than 100 ideas for the garden onto paper.

Last week they made elements such as animal heads and models of insects, drew African-inspired patterns and made planters.

They also visited St Briavels Congregational Church to work on the centrepiece of the garden, a stunning lion willow sculpture which will stand atop a piano which will have a waterfall coming out of the keyboard.

Retired St Briavels teacher Bernadette Kilty, who assists with the garden project, said the children were split into 10 groups for the day of activities.

She said: “The theme is the magic of music and the children chose Th Lion King so there is lots of African music and African-based patterns.

“Our garden is called The Circle of Life and is designed by the children.

“We have a very good friend who is a garden designer – Clare Viner – and she takes the children’s ideas and renders the final design.”

Pupils from the schools will be at the show for each of the four days between May 9 and May 12 to explain the ideas that inspired the garden to visitors.

They will also help construct the garden, including wheelbarrowing the compost in which they will plant the flowers such as forget-me-nots, geum and grasses.

Pupils experimenting with sound
Pupils experimenting with sound (Forest Review)
Artist Chris Oakey with the lion centrepiece
Artist Chris Oakey with the lion centrepiece (Mark Elson)
Pupils help with making planters.
Pupils help with making planters. (Forest Review)
Making models for the garden.
Making models for the garden. (Forest Review)