Young gardeners top of the class

PUBLISHED: 16:30 05 October 2015

Bassetts Farm primary were first in the Best Wildlife Garden cateogory in the Exmouth in Bloom competiton and youngsters are pictured with bloom members and Karen Turner from Birds and Bees who presented them with a hamper. Ref exe 2593-40-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Bassetts Farm primary were first in the Best Wildlife Garden cateogory in the Exmouth in Bloom competiton and youngsters are pictured with bloom members and Karen Turner from Birds and Bees who presented them with a hamper. Ref exe 2593-40-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Green-fingered school children have been rewarded for their efforts, after picking up prizes in Exmouth in Bloom's local gardens competition.

Marpool primary school were runners up in the Exmouth in Bloom competiton for the Best School Garden. Ref exe 2611-40-15SH. Picture: Simon HornMarpool primary school were runners up in the Exmouth in Bloom competiton for the Best School Garden. Ref exe 2611-40-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

In the category for best school garden, sponsored by Kings Garden and Leisure, Bassetts Farm Primary School came first, winning the Caroline Brook Cup and £100 of Kings vouchers, and Marpool Primary School came second, winning £25 of vouchers.

Both schools also received a box of gardening goodies.

Bassetts Farm also won the best wildlife garden category, sponsored by Birds and Bees, receiving the Garth Gibson Cup, another £25 of Kings vouchers and wildlife gardening items. When asked what had impressed the judges, Exmouth in Bloom chairman Ann Wheeler said: “Both schools have a garden that children use as an outdoor classroom, which features in all different parts of the curriculum, and they have a gardening club where children weed, water, pick and eat produce. The judges were impressed by the involvement of the children, and the fact they were learning from them, and learning gardening skills, so that when they grow up they will be able to grow something.

“The judges were also impressed by their enthusiasm, as the schools wrote a list of what they grow, and it was quite long through the year.”

“They are learning also about wildlife, as the gardens bring in insects.”

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