Green-fingered pupils honoured for gardening work

Overall winners Tollgate Primary School Picture: JO SWEETMAN

Overall winners Tollgate Primary School Picture: JO SWEETMAN - Credit: Archant

Around 200 pupils, parents and teachers attended a special ceremony last week which honoured young gardeners in Bury St Edmunds.

Hardwick Primary collect their Crop to Fork award Picture: JO SWEETMAN

Hardwick Primary collect their Crop to Fork award Picture: JO SWEETMAN - Credit: Archant

Students from nine schools were rewarded for their efforts in the Young Green Fingers Scheme, which is run by the town’s horticultural organisation Bury in Bloom to encourage youngsters into gardening.

Nigel Bloxham, Anglia in Bloom judge, and councillors Patsy Warby and Wayne Hailstone presented the prizes at the ceremony, which was held at the Athenaeum on Tuesday, October 9.

The outstanding achievement award went to Tollgate Primary School, while the Crop to Fork award – for the cooks who use the most produce from the school garden in lunches – went to Tollgate and Hardwick primary schools.

Pupils winning Star Gardener awards on the night were as follows: Grace Gillard (Westley Middle School), Theo Jackson, Molly Murphy (St Edmunds CP School), Kenneth Oliver, Niall Gibbons (St Benedict’s Catholic School), Liam Ticehurst (Tollgate Primary School), Isabelle Johnston, Natasha Murcutt (County Upper School), and Abigail Wattie (Sexton’s Manor Primary School).

Tollgate Primary School's garden Picture: JO SWEETMAN

Tollgate Primary School's garden Picture: JO SWEETMAN - Credit: Archant

Jean Hardy, Young Green Fingers judge, said: “Everyone has faced difficult conditions in the heat this year, staff have been amazing coming in at weekends and children have been encouraged to use their left over drinking water for their plants. “We the judges were very impressed with how good the gardens looked, a credit to all involved in schools gardening.”

The awards were held at the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday, October 9 Picture: JO SWEETMAN

The awards were held at the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday, October 9 Picture: JO SWEETMAN - Credit: Archant

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