As this year’s Bury in Bloom campaign reaches full flower, budding gardeners were recognised for their efforts and those responsible for an ambitious planting scheme celebrated the fruits of their labour.
Schools across Bury St Edmunds have scooped gold, silver or bronze in the campaign’s Young Green Fingers competition for pupil’s gardening talents - either through a club or linked into the curriculum.
An abundance of sunflowers have been grown in schools as they embraced the Royal Horticultural Society theme ‘Growing for Gold’ and school cooks are increasingly using the crops children have grown for their school meals.
Jean Hardy, lead judge, said: “This has been a really good year for schools gardening, we have seen so many new ideas and many local Bury St Edmunds businesses and nurseries have been fantastic donating plants and other gardening resources to help our schools.
“Young people are not only learning about gardening but are learning from it”
Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator added: “Jean and her team of volunteers have really helped the fifteen schools with their gardening offering friendly advice and tips on how to get the most from their school gardens”
A presentation evening will be held on Tuesday September 23 at The Apex at 6pm when celebrity gardener Peter Seabrooke will award the certificates and announce the overall winner.
Meanwhile, a celebration party was held this week for all those involved in the planting of the River of Flowers on the Tollgate Triangle.
The River was planted in April by a team of volunteers including the Abbey Gardens Friends, St George’s Church members, West Suffolk College and Tollgate Primary pupils working with designer Adrian Bloom, of Bressingham Gardens, Bury in Bloom and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
In addition, Anglia in Bloom judges returned to Bury this week to inspect the Abbey Gardens and Nowton Park, which have been entered into the competition’s parks category.
Young Green Fingers Awards 2014:
Howard Middle School
Westley Middle School
Abbot’s Green Primary
Guildhall Feoffment Primary
Sextons Manor Primary
St Edmundsbury Primary
Sebert Wood Primary
St Edmunds Primary
St James Middle School
St Louis Middle School