Schools’ garden challenge grows

Young Green Fingers are doing planting at Abbots Green Primary School part of the Bury in Bloom campaign.  Pictured with the kids is teacher Jenna Sweeney and judges Jean Hardy and Pauline Byford.
Young Green Fingers are doing planting at Abbots Green Primary School part of the Bury in Bloom campaign. Pictured with the kids is teacher Jenna Sweeney and judges Jean Hardy and Pauline Byford.
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There is still time for schools to see if they can beat Abbots Green Primary in the Young Green Fingers competition.

But they will have to do well to beat the school that last year took a gold award and the Silver Spoon Trophy in the Bury in Bloom and Royal Horticultural Society competition.

Judges Jean Hardy and Pauline Byford stress they do not look for a perfect garden. “It’s about getting the children involved,” Pauline said.

In Abbots Green’s garden, Jean added: “The reason this school got an outstanding award was that they had done so much since they started — a huge improvement.”

Jean and Pauline say schools do not need a lots space. Guildhall Feffment has done marvels with containers.

Jenna Sweeney, who runs Abbots Greens gardening club, said: “You can link it to science, literacy, history. With maths they can count the seeds, measure distances between rows and work out how much to sell vegetables for in the school’s farmers’ market.”

For more information on the competition visit www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening The deadline for entries in May 31.

The RHS has a free evening training class for school staff at Ickworth Park Primary on June 26. Email schoolgardeningeast@rhs.org.uk.