Pupils crowned gardening champions by Exmouth in Bloom

Baskets of green-fingered goodies were presented to youngsters taking part in Exmouth in Bloom’s schools’ gardening competition.

‘Top quality entries’ were received by the two schools taking part, with Littleham Primary School being awarded the trophy for best garden overall, and Marpool Primary School taking the title for best vegetable garden.

Among the prize haul handed out, certificates were presented by Exmouth in Bloom member Pearl Cawse. Richard King, from Kings Garden and Leisure Centre, gave baskets of gardening goodies and tokens, and Karen Turner, from Birds and Bees, gave both schools bug hotels to encourage mini-beasts to hibernate and hide during the winter.

Pupils were presented with the prizes at the Hulham Road garden centre.

Marion Drew, Exmouth in Bloom vice-chairman, said: “Just two schools entered our schools gardening competition, though they were both top quality entries. 

“Some very excited representatives arrived at King’s Garden and Leisure for the presentations.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors and sincerely thank the teachers and helpers who make this event possible.

Littleham Primary School gardening group is also celebrating a successful crop of sunflowers, grown with the help of Exmouth in Bloom.

The winning sunflower reached almost five metres high when it was last measured.

The group planted the flowers in spring and ‘tended and talked’ to them over the summer.

Exmouth in Bloom’s vice-chairman praised the youngsters’ efforts. She said the sunflowers would aid wildlife over the coming months.

Marion said: “The flowers will provide food for the birds for the months to come. Well done you green-fingered young people.


Littleham Primary School gardening group is celebrating a successful crop of sunflowers, grown with the help of Exmouth in Bloom.
Photo: Exmouth in Bloom.


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