Green fingered residents and youngsters have been recognised for their gardening efforts in a series of Bury in Bloom schemes.
The Bury Society campaign group has decided the school winners of its Young Green Fingers initiative.
Gold awards went to Abbots Green, Guildhall Feoffment, Hardwick, Sexton’s Manor and St Edmunds Catholic Primary Schools as well as Howard and Westley Middle and Priory School.
Receiving silver were Riverwalk School and St James and St Louis Catholic Middle Schools. In the bronze section was Howard Primary.
They will receive their accolades at a presentation night in October.
With new classrooms being built in school grounds as the majority of the town moves to two tier education, Jean Hardy, co-ordinator of the scheme, said they had expected gardening activities to be ‘adversely affected’.
She said: “For the majority of our schools this was definitely not the case and gardening has been largely maintained. Young people are showing an increased knowledge of gardening and the importance of encouraging wildlife to their school grounds.”
She added that they had been fortunate to have more sponsors for the school gardening projects and any additional support financial or otherwise would always make a difference as funding for such activities are an ‘ongoing issue’.
Pre-schools and nurseries had their chance to shine in the Busy Green Fingers scheme sponsored by Treatt.
Certificates and vouchers were given to Little Acorns Childcare, Sebert Wood Reception and Nursery, Abbots Green Primary, Howard Primary Nursery, New Moreton Hall Pre-school, Tollgate Primary, Westgate Primary, Sexton’s Manor Primary, Westgate Whirlybirds, All Saints Pre-school, South Lee Nursery, Jumpin’ Beans and Hardwick Primary Early Years.
In Bloom also trialled a Senior Green Fingers contest - sponsored by Treatt - at nursing homes and day centres. Commended for use of volunteer gardeners was Elderberries, which also won best in show. Best use of display board and hanging baskets went to Orbit Housing; unusual seeds to Cornwallis Court; art project to St Peter’s Nursing Home and community involvement to Davers Court.