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Perseverance pays off

Pupils collected prizes for their achievements in the Bury in Bloom Young Green Fingers competition at the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds

Young gardeners who persevered through the summer heatwave have been recognised at an awards ceremony.

Pupils collected prizes for their achievements in the Bury in Bloom Young Green Fingers competition at the Athenaeum on Tuesday.

Judge Jean Hardy said: “Everyone has faced difficult conditions in the heat this year. Staff have been amazing coming in at weekends and children have been encouraged to use their left over drinking water for their plants.

“We the judges were very impressed with how good the gardens looked, a credit to all involved in schools gardening.”

Tollgate Primary School received the outstanding achievement award.

Gold awards went to Hardwick, Tollgate and St Edmund’s Catholic Primary with silver gilts for Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary and Abbots Green Academy. St Benedict’s Catholic Lower and Sexton’s Manor Community Primary picked up silver awards.

Crop to Fork awards were presented to Tollgate and Hardwick Primary in recognition of the school cooks who used the most produce from their school’s garden.

Star gardeners were Grace Gillard (Westley Middle), Theo Jackson and Molly Murphy (St Edmund’s), Kenneth Oliver and Niall Gibbons (St Benedict’s Lower), Liam Ticehurst (Tollgate), Isabelle Johnston and Natasha Murcutt (County Upper) and Abigail Wattie (Sexton’s Manor).

Bury Free Press - Friday, October 12, 2018

Young Green Fingers blossom in bloom awards

Emma Godfrey from St Edmunds bury Catholic Primary School won the Crop to Fork Award

Students from nine schools in Bury St Edmunds who took part in the Young Green Fingers Scheme have been rewarded for their efforts.

Around 200 students, parents and teachers gathered at the annual awards ceremony at The Athenaeum on Tuesday night.

The Young Green Fingers Scheme is run by Bury in Bloom, a sub-committee of the BurySociety, to encourage children to get involved in gardening and the environment.

All nine schools’ efforts were recognised, with each of them being presented with gold and silver awards.

Hardwick Primary School bagged the Outstanding Achievement Award for maintaining high standards in gardening and for their innovative approach to improving the children’s skills and knowledge.

The Crop to Fork Award was awarded to Emma Godfrey from St Edmund’ s Catholic Primary School for making the most of produce from the school garden.

The Star Gardeners awards were given to five students - Joe Tully from Abbots Green Primary School, Keeley Pope and Imogen Ranson from Tollgate Primary, Owen Jones from County Upper School and Rae Saunders from Priory School.

Representatives from local businesses and organisations presented the awards.

Right, Hardwick Primary’s garden won the Outstanding Achievement Award, Left, Joe Tully from Abbotts Green Primary was one of the Star Gardeners

Pupils from Hardwick Primary are presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award

Adrian Bloom from Bressingham Gardens with the Young Green Fingers and Crafty Foxes organisers

Bury Free Press - Friday, October 20, 2016

Schools receive awards as they help green the future

Those taking part in the Young Green Fingers awards evening

School children in Bury St Edmunds have been proving their gold standard as they took part in this year’s Young Green Fingers project.

Eight schools received awards at a celebration evening at The Athenaeum on Monday.

They also had a chance to meet Gardeners’ World broad caster Joe Swift who was in Bury to give a talk at The Apex.

The awards were presented by Daemmon Reeve, CEO of Treatt and Claudia Brackenbrough his PA.

Eight schools took part including County Upper School, the first upper school to participate. There was also a chance for guests to view stalls from organisations connected to Bury in Bloom, the umbrella organisation for Young Green Fingers.

Overall winner for outstanding achievement went to Guildhall Feoffment School while Abbots Green Primary won the Crop to Fork award for good use of produce grown in the school garden. Other gold winners were Hardwick Primary, Howard Primary ,Priory School, Sexton’s Manor, St Edmunds Primary while County Upper received silver.

Jean Hardy, project co-ordinator, said: “The response from children, teachers and staff exceeded our expectations. This was a lovely celebration of schools gardening.”

Bury Free Press - Friday, October 7, 2016

Garden project put in the spotlight at awards

Bethany Ross who won the ‘guess the weight of the pumpkin’ competiton with Andy Hobbs, St Edmundsbury’s Waste Development Officer.

Adam Frost, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Gold medal winning gardener, has paid a visit to St Edmund’s Catholic School, to look at their spectacular new garden.
  And later in the day he presented awards to schools at an event at the Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, as part of Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers initiative – including a special Outstanding Achievement prize for St Edmund’s.
  “The garden is absolutely fantastic considering there was next to nothing here in April,” said Mr Frost who is the RHS Ambassador for Schools.
  “It is great to see the children’s enthusiasm and listen to them talk about the garden. I think this part of
the education is so important. It teaches them things like where their food comes from and the relationship between plants and wildlife.
  “For me, this should be compulsory, it should be part of everyday school life.”
  The winner of the “guess the weight of the pumpkin” also took place which was won by Bethany Ross, from St James Middle School. She guessed three stone or 19.05kg for the weight of the pumpkin.
  Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom Co-ordinator said: “Bury in Bloom were delighted to have Adam Frost, RHS Ambassador got Schools visit the town and present the awards at our ceremony at the Apex.”

Mercury - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Schools’ green awards for growing efforts

SUCCESS: Fifteen schools were recognised in Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers awards

by paul derrick
Twitter: @BfpPaul
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 School 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.

Bury Free Press | September 26, 2014

Young Green Fingers

In a time of reorganisation for our schools it is gratifying to see that schools are still gardening. More schools have entered YGF this year and more children are being given the opportunity to garden, either through a club or linked into the curriculum.

There has been an abundance of sunflowers growing in schools as they have embraced the RHS theme ‘Growing for Gold’. This is to mark the 50th Anniversary of Britain in Bloom and also to provide vital food for pollinators this summer.

Schools are increasingly using the crops they have grown in the kitchens which are then used for school dinners. This ‘crop to fork’ approach to gardening is one we would like to encourage all schools to try and adopt. We will be giving a new award this year to support this initiative.

Many schools are also selling their surplus crops and are generating much needed resources for their gardening projects Young people are not only learning about gardening but are learning from it.

Local businesses and nurseries have donated plants and other gardening resources to help our schools. We are very grateful for this support.