With flourishing gardens, vibrant allotments and healthy crops, schools across Bury St Edmunds were recognised for their growing green efforts at an awards evening.
About 250 staff, children and parents from 15 schools attended Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers presentation at The Apex with celebrity gardener Peter Seabrook handing out 10 gold accolades, three silver and two bronze.
Priory School and Abbots Green Primary Schools shared the Bury in Bloom outstanding acheivement award and Clare Evans, cook at Guildhall Feoffment Primary, won the new ‘Crop to Fork’ title.
Star gardeners were Ellie Hudson at Abbots Green, Harrison Skipper at Howard Primary, Bethany Johnston at Howard Middle, Ella Thomas at South Lee, James Torbitt at St Edmundsbury Primary and Owen Jones at Westley Middle.
Jean Hardy, lead judge, said in a time of educational change with the impending move to two tier education for the majority of schools in Bury it was ‘gratifying’ to see they were still gardening and entering the competition.
The outstanding achievement award is given to schools which consistently offer quality gardening activities and try new initiatives with Priory growing many of its crops from seeds and running an allotment. Abbots Green runs a farmers market and invites parents to its gardening club.
At Guildhall Feoffment, Clare Evans plans her menus based crops in the school garden.