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Brinsbury College students win the Jim Green Challenge

3 April 2024

Foundation students at Brinsbury College took home the main prize at this year’s Jim Green Challenge.

And they were delighted to receive their awards from Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Edinburgh – who presented the awards at the South of England Agricultural Society’s 26th Jim Green Challenge.

The event, which took place on Wednesday 13 March at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, saw students gain skills and knowledge while participating in group challenges, such as teamwork, communication and practical skills, as well as horticulture knowledge.

Brinsbury students were proud to win the overall competition for the second year in a row. They also claimed first prize in the Spring Bulbs Category and Sponsors Choice for the model of a sheep.

Bryony Paine, lecturer in foundation programmes at Brinsbury College, said: “The students at Brinsbury College have been working hard over the last few months to create some fantastic work in preparation for the Jim Green Challenge.

“It has become an important part of our curriculum each year, and the students gain a huge amount of skills from participating in the group challenges, such as teamwork, communication skills, horticulture knowledge and practical skills.

“We had the added excitement of The Duchess of Edinburgh’s visit, and the students were very proud to showcase their work.”

The Jim Green Challenge is an annual competition designed for students with additional educational needs from colleges across Sussex, Surrey and Kent. It is organised in memory of the Agricultural Society’s past chairman and founder of its educational outreach programmes, Jim Green.

The challenge encourages students to take part in both practical and evidence-based project work, focused around the countryside.

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