Pupils get their hands dirty for bloom effort

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

GREEN-fingered Exmouth school children got their hands dirty planting flowerbeds for what they hope will be a series of winning displays for this year's Britain in Bloom competition. Pupil's from Exeter Road, Marpool and Brixington primary schools and the

GREEN-fingered Exmouth school children got their hands dirty planting flowerbeds for what they hope will be a series of winning displays for this year's Britain in Bloom competition.Pupil's from Exeter Road, Marpool and Brixington primary schools and the Dolphin School were challenged by Exmouth in Bloom to come up with four designs for Manor Gardens.The pupils, who also chose the flowers and plants themselves, then set about transforming the four beds into spectacular floral displays - with help from teachers, parents and members of Exmouth in Bloom.The scheme is by Exmouth in Bloom in conjunction with East Devon District Council and Exmouth Schools and is in its third year.Every year four different schools get to take part, to help children earn a greater appreciation of flowers and plants.The two flowerbeds planted last week were based around the winning designs of Marpool's Becky Shepherd, age 11, and Exeter Road Primary's Emily Daley, aged eight, - whose designs include begonias, geraniums, marigolds, petunias, salvia, peppers and anthuriums. The children were assisted by EDDC's assistant parks warden Mike Vine, and the chairman of Exmouth in Bloom and former mayor, Pat Graham.She said: "Children from the four schools designed a flowerbed, and chose the flowers, and we chose the best - and now they get to plant them themselves."We do it to try and encourage the children to take an interest in gardening and the planting."It helps them to value plants and flowers. They just love doing it - you can see just see how much the children enjoy it."Parents Sharon and Mike Dicianni joined in the work and Sharon said: "Carly is normally at home kicking over my plants instead of planting them"It's good to get children outside and doing something useful instead of being shut away playing computer games."Now, maybe, she has an interest she will help me in the garden!"Mike said: "I think if will be nice if they come back in a couple of weeks and see what they look like and see what they have achieved.

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