This year’s competition took place between Sandcross School, Reigate and Merstham School.

The Year One Group (aged 5 years) at Merstham School have been busy since Easter preparing a garden for their butterflies, including also a varied vegetable garden. They nurtured the caterpillars which the Rotary club provided and produced five Painted Lady butterflies. They studied their growth and made wonderful coloured drawings of them. They noted their symmetry (their words), wing patterns and fed them on various fruits. They produced two work folders in which all their drawings and stories about the butterflies, which they had each written, were kept. These were proudly presented for judging. Thanks go to Janet Farrow, teacher at Merstham who oversaw their project.

The pupils at Sandcross School weren’t quite so ambitious and didn’t build a garden. However, they were every bit as keen on butterflies and produced excellent folders with all of their drawings, observations and notes.

Judging this competition was great fun and thanks go to Ben Fox from Nutfield Priory Farm who helped with the judging. Both teams produced excellent material and the winning team was Merstham School. Thanks go to all the children who took part, the teaching staff and especially to Rotarian Jane Cooper who organised the competition from start to finish, liaising with both schools and putting in a great deal of effort to make it the success that it was.