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Bulbs go on for top schools in hyacinth competition

Adrian Jansen of Spalding Horticultural Society presents Daniel Pilsworth, headteacher of John Harrox Primary School, Moulton, with first prize in the hyacinth growing competition.

Adrian Jansen of Spalding Horticultural Society presents Daniel Pilsworth, headteacher of John Harrox Primary School, Moulton, with first prize in the hyacinth growing competition.

A new generation of gardeners are emerging from primary schools across South Holland judging by the quality of entries in this year’s hyacinth growing competition.

At least 1,100 children from more than 20 schools took part in the event run by Springfields Horticultural Society which gives hyacinth bulbs to the entrants.
John Harrox Primary School, Moulton, won and Shepeau Stow Primary School, Whaplode Drove, was second.

David Norton, chief executive of Springfields Horticultural Society, said: “We supply hyacinth bulbs to primary schools that express an interest, along with instructions on how to grow them, pots and peat.

“The schools then have to nourish the plants, look after them and bring them to an event at Springfields for judging.

“We had a good response this year, 20 or more schools took part aand they brought the best of their hyacinths to go on display.

“It was amazing to see the mix we got and it showed the spirit of the comeptition which was introduced initially to get young children engaged in the horticultural heritage of the area, as well as giving them competition at the same time.”

 

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