It seems a group of green-fingered youngsters really do know their onions after their school scooped four gardening awards in one go.
Youngsters in the gardening club at Turnfurlong Junior School are celebrating after the Aylesbury in Bloom judges crowned them with the title of Best School Garden Overall at the World’s End Garden Centre ceremony.
The Turnfurlong Lane school in Aylesbury – which pipped eight others to the post – was also awarded Best Wildlife/Nature Area, Best Recreational Area and Best Edible Garden by the three volunteer judges in collaboration with Aylesbury Town Council.
Teaching assistant Marian Colyer, who runs the gardening club every Tuesday lunchtime, said: “We grow many vegetables and the judges were very impressed by the size of our onions!
“We have just harvested potatoes, strawberries, broad beans, peas and lettuce recently. Last week we planted leeks and we will harvest potatoes in September too.”
Marian said the youngsters were delighted with their success and were overwhelmed and at winning so many prizes and the engraved spade, which will be hung in the corridor.
She said: “It is a tribute to our volunteers Tricia Turner and Susan Hopkins who help the children each week. It is hard work, but the children rise to the challenge.”
The competition has been running for the past three years, but winners of both the residential and commercial categories are yet to be announced.
Aylesbury Town Council’s community liaison officer Judith Herberer said: “The enthusiasm seen from all schools is phenomenal, and the judges found it very hard to decide.
“We were thrilled with the turn out and we’ve actually had one mum say she’s going to give up an hour of her time each week to help out at her child’s school gardening club, and that is what it’s all about.”