Young gardeners from north Northumberland have been highly commended in a national competition.
The Forget-Me-Not group at Alnwick Garden was recognised in the Gardening Against The Odds Awards, organised by The Conservation Foundation. The programme is an opportunity for children with learning difficulties and disabilities to spend time with their siblings and parents/carers, working with professional gardeners.
The families attend on a monthly basis and do soil preparation, crop rotation, potting and planting, propagating, weeding, composting, pest control and harvesting. The group has also made tied posies, hanging baskets and has learnt about bees and honey production while visiting demonstration hives.
The children involved are principally aged between four and 16 with learning difficulties, challenging behaviour, ASD and other disabilities.