Tilda Together Winner Reaps Gardening Reward

A primary school in Sutton has won Tilda Together 2018 and scooped a £500 cash prize, as well as a vegetable garden designed by horticulturalist and presenter of ITV’s Love Your Garden, Frances Tophill.

Foresters Primary School in Wallington won Tilda’s annual competition after Catering Manager, Terri Phillimore entered the school to win the Tilda Together Day.

Speaking at the fun-filled day, Terri said:

“I am so excited to have won Tilda Together for the school and the pupils. The students have learnt so much today, to have a nutritionist talk about the goodness of food and Frances create a vegetable garden for them has been brilliant. It’s so important children learn where their food comes from and how it can fuel them, to win all this has been fantastic.”

Along with the cash prize, the Tilda Together Day included an energetic nutritional talk from top dietician and nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker, a visit from celebrity gardener Frances Tophill who taught the children how to plant vegetables, as well as games to learn about rice with Tilda Account Manager, Karen Goff.

Talking about the annual competition, Annette Coggins, Head of Tilda Foodservice said;

“Tilda Together is in its third year and we’ve had more schools than ever enter for the chance to win. I am delighted that Foresters Primary School enjoyed their day and that the pupils will continue to reap the benefits long into the future with the new vegetable garden. Tilda considers itself a partner to the education sector and we all have a shared responsibility to teach children about food and healthy eating, I’m thrilled the students got so much from the day.”

With 260 pupils, Foresters Primary School proved triumphant after Terri won the judges’ vote with her submission on what it would mean to the school to win a Tilda Together Day.

Mr. Havard Spring, Headmaster of Foresters Primary School added;

“When Terri told us we won we were very excited and it has been such a good day. Dr. Sarah’s talk about nutrition really made the children think, anything that can support their education is a positive thing. Being a small school and having a celebrity gardener visit us, as well as £500 towards the school garden is fantastic, as we have gardening on the curriculum. It means so much, we’ve really enjoyed our Tilda Together Day with Frances, and you can see the smiles on the pupils’ faces.”

As part of Foresters’ curriculum to encourage healthy eating, the pupils spend a term in the school vegetable garden, and pledge to eat what they grow. Frances Tophill worked with the pupils showing them where their food comes from and how to grow vegetables.

Talking about the Tilda Together Day, Frances said:

“Today has been fantastic, the pupils have been so enthusiastic about the garden and they are very knowledgeable – we will have a full bed to harvest at the end of the year! It is so easy for children to enjoy the wrong kind of foods; so getting them involved in gardening and being part of the process where they sow the seeds, watch them grow and nurture the plants makes food interactive –  it teaches them that healthy food can be fun too!”

As part of Foresters’ prize, Terri also won 25Kg of Tilda Brown & White for her menu, a 50:50 mix of wholegrain and white rice.

Respected nutritionist, Dr. Sarah Schenker spoke to the pupils about energy and the best types of food for exercise, including rice;

“It’s really important that nutrition education starts at an early age, that way children can develop good habits that will last them a lifetime and they’ll become healthy adults. Tilda Brown & White can play an important part in a pupils’ balanced diet. It provides sustaining energy to help pupils concentrate throughout the day, as well as take part in all the activities they get to do at school.”

Tilda Brown & White Rice is naturally gluten-free and has a 30% lower GI than standard white rice helping to maintain a sustained flow of energy throughout the school day. It offers a range of vitamins and minerals important for pupils’ development and is the blend recommended by the School Food Standards, so school caterers can be confident they are producing meal plans that meet current targets.

Tilda Together is part of Tilda’s ongoing commitment to work together with local authorities and school caterers in bringing healthy, balanced recipes that are easy to prepare to the dining hall.