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Silver gilt for St John's gardeners

There was reward for the young gardeners of St John the Baptist Primary School, who moved up a level after last year’s silver at the East Midlands In Bloom Awards.

Head teacher Paul Reid speculated that the promotion to silver gilt for their vegetable patch may have been because of the extra flowers - annuals such as begonias and marigolds - which were planted in addition to the school’s outstanding vegetable garden.

He said: “We have a large allotment and a real commitment to children understanding how food is arrived at. Quite a lot of the curriculum is linked to that - cookery and the economics of the area.

“All children across the school work in the allotment over the year and there is also a gardening club, run by Ann Smith. A variety of people work on it and we just do our own thing - if the judges like it, they do; and if they don’t, they don’t!"

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