Steven lands garden award

Steven Fox from KEVI who has been awarded with the Diana Award for his work in the school garden.

Steven Fox from KEVI who has been awarded with the Diana Award for his work in the school garden.

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A GREEN-fingered Longframlington teenager has won a national honour for his horticultural efforts.

Steven Fox has received a Diana Award, given to inspiration young people, after he was nominated by staff at King Edward VI School, Morpeth – Connie Farthing, Victoria Najafi and Norman Hutton – for his excellent commitment and dedication to the school garden.

The 16-year-old, who has recently completed his GCSE exams, has grown a range of vegetables and plants and has kept the area tidy at break and lunch-times as well as after school.

He said: “I do some gardening at home so I was able to use those skills to help out at the school’s Helen Boon Memorial Garden. I enjoyed working there as it was a great place to relax. I would like to be a landscape gardener when I’m older so doing this work has been very handy.”

“I was really surprised and delighted when I heard that I had got the award.”

Miss Najafi, Mrs Farthing and Mr Hutton said: “Steven has done a lot of good work in the garden and he is fully deserving of the award.

“We wish him the best of luck with his GCSE results as well as for the year ahead, during which he will study Horticulture at Kirkley Hall.”

The award was established in 1999 to act as a lasting legacy to the late Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.