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Susan Bell, Kath Bradford, Elizabeth Jones and Sue Allcroft from Alnwick In Bloom with teacher Charlotte Murdy, John Bromley from Sainsbury's and Alnwick South School Eco Group pupils Sophie Bell, Saskia Allison, Lucy Milham, Matthew Stewart, Ellie Lamont, Ellie Jones, Jack Wilson, Daisy Lucas and Joseph Frater.Ref: JCNG 110713bloom
Susan Bell, Kath Bradford, Elizabeth Jones and Sue Allcroft from Alnwick In Bloom with teacher Charlotte Murdy, John Bromley from Sainsbury's and Alnwick South School Eco Group pupils Sophie Bell, Saskia Allison, Lucy Milham, Matthew Stewart, Ellie Lamont, Ellie Jones, Jack Wilson, Daisy Lucas and Joseph Frater.Ref: JCNG 110713bloom
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Youngsters across north Northumberland are reaping the benefits of gardening with awards being given and new equipment being bought.

Barndale House Special School has proved it is the cream of the crop when it comes to being green-fingered after they won a gold award, Barndale the highest accolade in the Northumbria in Bloom Awards for Growing Together 2013 for Excellence in School Horticulture.

Northumbria In Bloom judges David Goodchild (front right) and Maureen Kesteven (back second left) cast their expert eyes over Alnwick's floral displays this week. With them at the Greenbatt garden are Alnwick In Bloom members Sue Allcroft, Elizabeth Jones, Susan Bell and volunteer Ann Addy. Ref: JCNG 110713bloom2

Northumbria In Bloom judges David Goodchild (front right) and Maureen Kesteven (back second left) cast their expert eyes over Alnwick's floral displays this week. With them at the Greenbatt garden are Alnwick In Bloom members Sue Allcroft, Elizabeth Jones, Susan Bell and volunteer Ann Addy. Ref: JCNG 110713bloom2

The students at Barndale House School, who are aged between four and 19 all have complex learning difficulties. Time spent working, learning and playing in the gardens is an integral part of their development.

The outdoor areas include an eco-garden, sensory garden, wildlife area, vegetable garden and greenhouse.

Judge, Tom Pattinson, said: ”The land surrounding this lovely school, which is based in a period house, lends itself beautifully to themed gardens. The students are encouraged to accept a varying degree of responsibility in the planning and upkeep of these. Inside the school there are impressive records of class work and displays that have emanated from these splendid outdoor facilities. Barndale House garden and grounds are providing important learning opportunities for the students and this is something to both encourage and celebrate.”

At Alnwick South First School a large number of trowels,forks, brushes, weeders, a propagator, seeds and more have been bought after a donation from Sainsbury’s to Alnwick in Bloom.

Brooke Taylor, Louis Newbigging, Colin Bradshaw and Jordan Turner with the Barndale Special School Northumbria In Bloom Growing Together Gold award. Ref:JCNG 120713barndale1

Brooke Taylor, Louis Newbigging, Colin Bradshaw and Jordan Turner with the Barndale Special School Northumbria In Bloom Growing Together Gold award. Ref:JCNG 120713barndale1

The supermarket gave the committee £150 which was taken to Homebase where they received a 35 per cent discount on products.

Alnwick in Bloom also has two volunteers, Kathleen Bradford and Susan Bell, who have been working at the school for the last few weeks, weeding the bee border.

Northumbria in Bloom judges were also in town last week.

And it is also the bloom committee’s summer garden competition time.

You can nominate your garden to win an award in any of the three categories – best front garden, best display from containers and best business premises. Judges will visit nominees in early August with the winners presented with an award at the bloom presentation evening in September.

To enter fill in the form below and send it back to Summer Gardens Competition, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PN.