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Success for primary schools in gardening challenge

Published December 15, 2017 10.00am

Two primary schools are celebrating after their great gardening efforts saw them emerge victorious in a county-wide competition.

Growing Challenge 2017

Pupils from Escomb Primary in their garden

Earlier this year, we ran a growing challenge, with schools and community groups encouraged to grow the tallest sunflower or largest pumpkin.

In total, 46 schools and 28 community groups entered the challenge, which is arranged by our waste strategy team in partnership with Durham Community Action's Growing Durham project.

Green-fingered pupils

The largest pumpkin was grown by green-fingered pupils from Escomb Primary's gardening club, run by teaching assistant Sam Gillis and parent helper Wendy Howe.

The group, who met every Wednesday after school during the summer, won the competition with their pumpkin weighing in at 5kg.

Cockfield Primary gardening club, led by school caretaker David Blackett, were also successful with their sunflower measuring 375cm.

Community challenge

Both schools received £100 of national gardening vouchers to enable them to buy new equipment for their gardens.

Cllr Brian Stephens, our Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: "This challenge helped encourage the local community to get growing and it was great to see so many people enter the competition.

"Pupils at the winning schools should be proud of their efforts and their prizes will help their gardens go from strength to strength."

Get composting

Around one third of an average UK household bin can be composted at home, including garden waste. To encourage others to get composting, we have teamed up with getcomposting.com to offer home compost bins at special offer prices from £17.98.

There is also a buy one get one half price offer to purchase a second bin from only £8.99.

To order a bin or for more information visit 0844 571 4444 or visit Get Composting.


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