Bury St Edmunds schools shine in Young Green Fingers awards night

Young Green Fingers Celebration - Bury In Bloom ANL-160310-171609009

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Schoolchildren in Bury St Edmunds have been proving their gold standard as they took part in this year’s Young Green Fingers project.

Eight schools received awards at a celebration evening at The Athenaeum on Monday.

Tyler Mitchell with his flower grown in a can. He won best overall winner in the Crafty Cans competition where children had to grow plants in decorated cans 6Qca5_HCldvwwIOQ_LNY

Tyler Mitchell with his flower grown in a can. He won best overall winner in the Crafty Cans competition where children had to grow plants in decorated cans 6Qca5_HCldvwwIOQ_LNY

They also had a chance to meet Gardeners’ World broadcaster Joe Swift who was in Bury to give a talk at The Apex.

The awards were presented by Daemmon Reeve, CEO of Treatt and Claudia Brackenbrough his PA.

Eight schools took part including County Upper School, the first upper school to participate.

There was also a chance for guests to view stalls from organisations connected to Bury in Bloom, the umbrella organisation for Young Green Fingers. Overall winner for oustanding achievement went to Guildhall Feoffment School while Abbots Green Primary won the Crop to Fork award for good use of produce grown in the school garden. Other gold winners were Hardwick Primary, Howard Primary, Priory School, Sexton’s Manor, St Edmunds Primary while County Upper received silver.

Jean Hardy, project co-ordinator, said: “The response from children, teachers and staff exceeded our expectations. This was a lovely celebration of schools gardening.”

Individual star award winners were Theo Jackson and Charlotte Humphrey, St Edmnunds Primary, River Perry and Kane Perry, Sexton’s Manor, Own Jones, County Upper, Hollie Currey and special nomination Mr Ray Lakin, Abbots Green, Shannon Bolton and Isabelle Johnson, Howard Middle and Mr David Morris, Howard Middle.

Winners of the Crafty Cans competition run by Crafty Foxes were: Tyler Mitchell, James Bowe and Isobel Simmons.