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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.”

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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.”

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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.