The pupils of Ickworth Park Primary School can be proud their green fingers have taken them to a countywide awards ceremony.
The Horringer school may have been pipped at the post in the 2014 Suffolk Creating the Greenest County Awards last week but they were runners up, not in a schools’ class but in the Local Food and Drink section, where they were up against the smallholding cooperative Greengrow, near Beccles.
The school’s key stage four coordinator Jayne Cook said: “They said there was only a whisker in it. We were pleased to come second and we’re only a little primary school.”
The school has its own allotment in Ickworth Park’s walled garden and each class has its own raised bed at school, so last year they cultivated 400sqm with everything from asparagus to zucchini.
They supply their school kitchen and the school also has a cookery club for pupils, sells produce to parents and holds farmers markets.
West Suffolk fared best in the Greenest Product or Service section where Bury St Edmunds’s Green Duck company’s recycling division, who pick up and recycle IT equipment, won, with building block manufacturer Lignacite, from Brandon, taking the runner up place.
Bury Free Press columnist Karen Cannard’s Rubbish Diet was joint winner in Waste and Recycling, with BBC Radio Suffolk and Ipswich Furniture Project.
Orchard Barn Environmental Education Centre (OBee) at Far Ringshall, near Wattisham, took the Climate Adaptation award. Obee is a not-for-profit enterprise using natural and traditional building projects to bring people together to learn and is restoring the 17th century Orchard Barn.
Bury’s new Victory Sports Ground pavilion was runner up in the Greenest Building class.
The judges had had to choose 29 finalists from 95 entries in 15 classes.