GREEN-FINGERED gardening groups have picked up top awards at the Yorkshire in Bloom awards,
Hunmanby School and Muston in Bloom both collected awards at the ceremony, which was held at the Harrogate Pavilions on September 20.
Muston in Bloom were awarded with a Silver Gild in the small village category, and the groups chairman Brian Stevenson was “thrilled to bits” with the award.
Mr Stevenson said: “The judges were very impressed by our small communities attempt. The village was spotless when they came to inspect it, there was no litter or dog much anywhere.
He stated that the judges were particularly impressed with the village green, and that he wanted to offer “a big thank you for all of the residents for giving us an extra push”.
Hunmanby School Headteacher Janine Lees picked up the Young Peoples Award as category winners,
She said: “It was a brilliant win for the school.
“The school has a garden club, and pupils from each class help out over the year, so a lot of effort does go into it.
In the judging report, the school received praise for the dedication of staff, as well as the “outstanding” enthusiasm of the children.
The school received further good news upon their return from the bash, as they picked up a pair of honours at the Hunmanby in Bloom awards for the schools gardens.
The gardens are maintained by students and volunteers, including members of the Hunmanby in Bloom team.
Lisa Woolridge, who runs the Hunmanby Schools Gardening Club said: “It’s all about the children having the chance to enjoy the outdoors and to educate them about the benefits of gardening.”
She states that the schools garden is more than just an eye catching feature in the school grounds, as it helps children in every aspect of their education, including literacy and numeracy.
The garden also helps children learn about the benefits of healthy eating, and produce from the garden is used by the cookery club and in the school canteen.
Hunmanby School already have tentative plans for next year, with the garden hopefully including a meadow, a rockery and a Japanese garden,
The Mayor of Scarborough, Cllr John Blackburn, attended the awards and met all the groups involved. He was delighted with their success, saying: “Muston did exceptionally well, it’s a lovely place to visit, very nice indeed.
“Hunmanby were also very good, and the whole borough did well.