New garden inspires unusual planters at Bury St Edmunds school

A new school garden at St Edmunds Catholic Primary School has been created. They have also held a competition in school to find the most unusual planters ''Pictured: Pupils William Channing, Toby Flood, Aidan Kentzer, Sophia Desira and Nathan White. Along with Head of School Kate Copeman, Adrian Bishop (Contracts Manager from Cocksedge), Michelle Frost and Sam Fleming both from Asda ANL-150714-153350009
A new school garden at St Edmunds Catholic Primary School has been created. They have also held a competition in school to find the most unusual planters ''Pictured: Pupils William Channing, Toby Flood, Aidan Kentzer, Sophia Desira and Nathan White. Along with Head of School Kate Copeman, Adrian Bishop (Contracts Manager from Cocksedge), Michelle Frost and Sam Fleming both from Asda ANL-150714-153350009

Inspired by their thriving new school garden, pupils in Bury St Edmunds have created an array of unusual planters.

As part of a competition, children at St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School designed about 60 unique planters using quirky items such as a child’s potty, a pair of shorts, lunch boxes and a fireman’s helmet.

They were influenced by the school’s new garden, which boasts vegetable beds, an apple tree, flower borders, a greenhouse and a wildlife area with a bug hotel. It was set up over three months by pupils in the school’s gardening club, which has about 20 to 30 members.

The contest and garden were spearheaded by teaching assistant Sue Vince, who runs the school’s gardening club with colleague Vicki Leighton.

Mrs Vince said: “It’s an amazing boost for the school and looks beautiful. It’s nothing like it was before - all there was before was five raised beds.”

She said one of the key benefits of the garden is making children aware of where food comes from as they are growing fruit and vegetables such as potatoes, peas, runner beans, strawberries, pumpkins and spinach.

Mrs Vince thanked building firm Cocksedge, estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, Waitrose, Asda, Greene King, Glasswells and British Sugar for making financial contributions to the garden.

She also praised school lollipop man Bernie Sexton for helping the gardening club.

Meanwhile, the winners of the planter contest were William Channing who used a large shell; Toby Flood for his large tennis ball and Aidan Kentzer who created a man from plastic bags covered in flowers.