26th Oct, 2016

Green-fingered youngsters show they've got the touch

Sarah Mason 2nd Jul, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

GREEN-FINGERED youngsters from St Alphege School proved they were a cut above the rest when they were handed a prestigious award at the Gardener’s World Show.

The gardening club wowed judges with their teapot hanging basket in the Baskets of Wonderland competition, which was aimed at schools to get creative with plants.

The creative pupils from St Alphege decided to pay homage to the Mad Hatters tea party and as well as adding a handle and a spout to the basket covered it with a crocheted tea cosy made from old plastic bags before adding colourful flowers to it.

The group were handed a certificate and £100 in gardening vouchers and will be spending their prize on lining for the school pond which is very damaged and they risk losing the wildlife, including newts and frogs, if they cannot mend it.

Becky Hess, one of the gardening club leaders, said: “We are very proud of them and we are glad to be able to introduce this creative gardening to so many children – we hope they will appreciate it and maybe take an interest in gardening in future.”