The Rotary Club of Reigate School Butterfly Competition

The Rotary Club of Reigate is delighted with the results of a competition they organized in which local primary schools were invited to raise Painted Lady butterflies from caterpillars provided by the Club, and to release them into a garden which the children had previously prepared, sown with seed kindly donated by Priory Farm Nursery at Nutfield. Three schools took up the challenge – Merstham Primary, St John’s Primary and Sandcross School – and on Monday 20th July they were judged by Ben Fox and Sarah Long from Priory Farm Nursery and Rotary Vice President John Elgee. At St. John’s School, where Rotakids – a junior branch of Rotary – played a significant role, and at Sandcross School and Merstham School pupils had both the pleasure of creating a colourful recyclable garden, and the fascination of watching caterpillars turn into chrysalises and finally emerge as butterflies. Much time and effort was also spent by the children in recording in written and illustrative form the progress of both the plants and the insects’ development. The participating schools were all commended by the judges, but after due consideration Merstham Primary School was declared the winner.
Club members should be very grateful to Rotarian Jane Cooper who introduced the idea of the competition and worked assiduously in its organization.