Alnwick school wins garden competition

Forest Folk from St Pauls RCVA Middle School in Alnwick.
Forest Folk from St Pauls RCVA Middle School in Alnwick.

An Alnwick school has won the regional leg of a national garden design competition called Green Plan It.

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ambassador, Jamie Butterworth, has met pupils from across the North East to help select the regional winners.

Jamie, whose role with the RHS is to inspire young people to consider careers in the horticultural sector, was one of a panel of judges that gave feedback on the pupils’ innovative designs for a school or community garden, at an event held at Kirkley Hall earlier this month.

He was joined by local horticultural industry experts, many of whom have been involved in mentoring the teams of 12 to 14-year-olds who took part in the ten-week design challenge.

The teams competed to win prizes for their projects and were rewarded for innovation and team work.

Winning the Best Overall Project was Forest Folk, from St Paul’s RCVA Middle School in Alnwick, who came up with a design for a legacy garden in their school grounds and won £100-worth of HTA gardening gift vouchers.

Teacher Tracey Young said: “These kids have never won anything nor been first at anything. To say they were speechless at the time would be an understatement.

“I can’t thank the RHS enough for giving them this wonderful opportunity to take part in such a worthwhile project.”

Jamie added: “It was fantastic to meet the pupils and see the amazing designs they’ve come up with.”