Fingers crossed for Budleigh’s blooms

15:00 24 July 2012

Budleigh in Bloom judging took place on Monday, 16 July. The judges were invited to St. Peters Primary School where pupils Poppy and Lucy. Poppy and Lucy show the judges the school

Budleigh in Bloom judging took place on Monday, 16 July. The judges were invited to St. Peters Primary School where pupils Poppy and Lucy. Poppy and Lucy show the judges the school's bug hotel in the environmental garden. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exb 7242-29-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Budleigh in Bloom is keeping its fingers crossed for success later this year when the South West in Bloom judges announce the results of their recent visit to the town.

Budleigh Salterton’s floral displays came under scrutiny this week when the South West in Bloom judges visited.

Youngsters at St Peter’s Primary School proudly showed the judges their green-fingered efforts, which the pupils cultivate weekly.

The town now has to wait until the autumn to find out if it will retain its gold award in the regional competition.

Budleigh in Bloom chairman Pat Prew said she was hopeful the town would once again be successful.

“We’re thankful, really, that it wasn’t raining on the day,” she said.

“You never get any kind of clue from the judges – we won’t know until September what the result is.

“I’ve got good hopes.

“I’m feeling quite confident we’ll get something within the awards system.

“The weather has taken its toll on the plants but they look as good as they can, considering that.”

St Peter’s Primary School teacher Carrie-Anne Hume, who has been helping the children with the Eco Warriors club for the last two years, said the pupils had been excited to show the visiting judges their garden.

She said the youngsters had benefited greatly from learning how to grow their own produce. She said the club gave those children who did not have gardens the chance to cultivate.

She added: “They love it.

“They learn lots of skills, they learn where their food comes from and they love finding the bugs.”

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