Keen kids keep school flowerbeds blooming

GREEN-fingered pupils from a Harrogate school were overjoyed to find they were the recipients of a prestigious Yorkshire in Bloom award when the winners of this years competition were announced on September 20.

Willow Tree Primary School was presented with a silver gilt medal in the Young People’s Award at the ceremony held at the Pavilions of Harrogate.

Roger Burnett, chairman of the National RHS Britain in Bloom Judging Panel and executive member of Yorkshire in Bloom, said: “The greatest trend that seems to be coming through loud and clear across the region, and indeed the country, is the encouragement of children to become more involved in their environment, from litter picks to after school gardening clubs, this tidal wave of youngsters is the real star of 2011.

“We must continue to cultivate this new generation of younger gardeners and remember from small seeds mighty plants can grow.”

In the young people’s award, Moorside Infant School in Ripon took gold, while Kirkby Malzeard CE Primary School, Knaresborough Aspin Park School Community Garden, St Mary’s School in Knaresborough and Willow Tree Primary School were all awarded silver gilt medals.