Praise for young gardeners in Sidmouth Rotary comp

Local school children were presented with their prizes and awards by Lady Cave this week in the scho

Local school children were presented with their prizes and awards by Lady Cave this week in the school's garden competition organised by Sidmouth Rotary. Ref shs 28-16SH 2084. Picture: Simon Horn. - Credit: Archant

Young gardeners from across East Devon have been praised for their green fingers as part of a competition organised by the Rotary Club of Sidmouth.

Pupils at Sidmouth Primary School’s Manstone site were named the winners of the Best School Garden Cup, impressing judges Steve Pearson and Lois Kelly.

The panel said that, with the help of head gardener Ray Collins, the children had developed a lovely wildflower garden and were encouraged to do weeding, sowing and planting.

Lois said: “All of the schools had something impressive to show and we were easily able to award the cups to a spread of schools.”

The Rotarians were joined by Lady Cave to hand over the prizes, including vouchers from sponsors Wyevale Garden Centre.

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Organiser Sandy Macfayden said the eight participating schools had done well in a difficult year for planting.

Rotarian Ray Davies said: “It’s a big thing for us as a club as we are helping the community - and that’s what we are here for, to support the community, help them and be part of it and it starts with the children.”

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Sidbury Primary School won the shield for the most improved garden.

Tipton St John pupils were commended for their ‘excellent’ vegetable garden to walk away with a shield for the fattest carrot.

Sidmouth Primary School’s Woolbrook site was also praised for its efforts to work within a difficult site. Judges noted that pupils and staff have worked to add a new pond, woodland path and a new vegetable garden.

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