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.
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.
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.