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Busy Green Fingers presentation at Moreton Hall Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds.

Dozens of Bury St Edmunds pre-school children celebrated their green-fingered efforts for Bury in Bloom with a garden party last week.

The third annual Busy Green Fingers competition saw every child awarded with a certificate, with the 13 pre-schools and nurseries awarded £50 in gardening and Amazon vouchers each.

The garden party, held at Moreton Hall Community Centre, saw presentations from sponsors Treatt, which provided the prize money. The children grew their own flowers and vegetables while keeping diaries of their work. The judges gave advice and praise at the end.

East Anglian - Thursday, July 21, 2016

Green awards for gardening efforts

by paul derrick
Twitter: @BfpPaul

Green fingered residents and youngsters have been recognised for their gardening efforts in a series of Bury in Bloom schemes.

The Bury Society campaign group has decided the school winners of its Young Green Fingers initiative.
  Gold awards went to Abbots Green, Guildhall Feoffment, Hardwick, Sexton’s Manor and St Edmunds Catholic Primary Schools as well as Howard and Westley Middle and Priory School.
  Receiving silver were Riverwalk School and St James and St Louis Catholic Middle Schools. In the bronze section was Howard Primary.
  They will receive their accolades at a presentation night in October.
  With new classrooms being built in school grounds as the majority of the town moves to two tier education, Jean Hardy, co-ordinator of the scheme, said they had expected gardening activities to be ‘adversely affected’.
  She said: “For the majority of our schools this was definitely not the case and gardening has been largely maintained. Young people are showing an increased knowledge of gardening
and the importance of encouraging wildlife to their school grounds.”
  She added that they had been fortunate to have more sponsors for the school gardening projects and any additional support financial or otherwise would always make a difference as funding for such activities are an ‘ongoing issue’.
  Pre-schools and nurseries had their chance to shine in the Busy Green Fingers scheme sponsored by Treatt.
  Certificates and vouchers were given to Little Acorns Childcare, Sebert Wood Reception and Nursery, Abbots Green Primary, Howard Primary Nursery, New Moreton Hall Preschool, Tollgate Primary, Westgate Primary, Sexton’s Manor Primary, Westgate Whirlybirds, All Saints Preschool, South Lee Nursery, Jumpin’ Beans and Hardwick Primary Early Years.
  In Bloom also trialled a Senior Green Fingerscon-test - sponsored by Treatt - at nursing homes and day centres. Commended for use of volunteer gardeners was Elderberries, which also won best in show. Best use of display board and hanging baskets went to Orbit Housing; unusual seeds to Cornwallis Court; art project to St Peter’s Nursing Home and community involvement to Davers Court.

GOLD: Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, with Jean Hardy, Young Green Fingers co-ordinator, at St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School with teaching assistants Vicki Lieghton and Sue Vince, Alan Jary Bury, In Bloom chairman and gardening club members Theo and Lucy Jackson with Maria Anjo.

Bury Free Press - Friday, July 31, 2015

Bury in Bloom inspires green fingered pupils

The Bury in Bloom Green Fingers celebration event in Bury. Right, St Edmundsbury Primary School in Bury receives a variety of awards.

Pupils across the Bury St Edmunds area have been getting their fingers green over the past week with a series of Bury in Bloom events.
  Several schools have been involved in Busy Green Fingers, an In Bloom initiative to promote gardening in schools.
  Twelve Bury schools also earned medals in the Young Green Fingers awards, which recognises outstanding school gardens.
  Jean Hardy Young Green Fingers co-ordinator said: “Young people are showing an increased knowledge of gardening and the importance of encouraging wildlife to their school grounds.”
Melanie Lesser, In Bloom co-ordinator, said: “The Young Green Fingers volunteers have really helped the twelve schools with their gardening offering friendly advice and tips on how to get the most from their school gardens.”
  The gold award went to Abbots Green Community Primary School, Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary School, Hardwick Community Primary School, Howard Middle, Priory School, Sexton’s Manor Community Primary School, St Edmunds Catholic Primary School and Westley Middle School.
  Three other schools received bronze and silver medals.

East Anglian Daily Times - Friday, July 24, 2015