School children celebrate bloom results

Twenty-nine schools in West Sussex are celebrating the results of this year’s South and South East in Bloom competition.

Bloom judges visited nearly 100 schools in the South East during June. Keen young gardeners enjoyed the opportunity to take the experts around their grounds and show off their flowers, fruit, vegetables and wildlife areas.

The school gardening contest, which is known as Blooming Schools, is sponsored by Southern Water and is now in its eighth year.

Maidenbower Junior School in Crawley scooped a Gold Award and was judged the best in the county. A further eight schools won Gold and seven were presented with a Silver Gilt Award. Ten schools scooped Silver and finally three received Bronze (see full list of winners below).

Andy Shaddick, public affairs manager at Southern Water, said: “Blooming Schools has really grown over the years and a record number of schools entered this year. More schools are using the outdoors as an excellent classroom to learn about things such as their local environment and water conservation and I am always impressed by the youngsters’ enthusiasm to make their school gardens a brighter and more sustainable place to learn.”

A Gold Award is presented for an entry rated as outstanding, Silver Gilt is given to a very good entry, Silver is for a good entry, Bronze is for an average entry and a Certificate of Commendation is presented for a fair entry. Marks were awarded according to a number of criteria, including how efficient the entrants were with water and other natural resources.

The award-winning West Sussex schools are:

Arundel Church of England School, Arundel Bronze

Kingsham Primary School, Chichester Bronze

Chichester Nursery School, Children and Family Centre, Chichester Bronze

Bishop Luffa School, Chichester Silver

Kingslea Primary School, Horsham Silver

Northgate Primary, Crawley Silver

Seal Primary School, Selsey Silver

St. Andrew’s CE Primary School, Steyning Silver

St. Margaret’s Church of England Primary School, Angmering Silver

St. Mary’s C. Of E. School , Clymping Silver

Summerlea CP School, Rustington Silver

West Chiltington Community School, West Chiltington Silver

White Meadows Primary, Wick Silver

Ferring C. of E. Primary School, Ferring Silver Gilt

Rustington CP School, Rustington Silver Gilt

St Robert Southwell, Horsham Silver Gilt

Rose Green Infant School, Bognor Regis Silver Gilt

Southgate Primary School, Crawley Silver Gilt

St. Peter’s CEP School, Ardingly Silver Gilt

Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath Silver Gilt

Desmond Anderson Primary School, Crawley Gold

Georgian Gardens C.P. School, Rustington Gold

Imberhorne School, East Grinstead Gold

Jessie Young Husband Primary School, Chichester Gold

Medmerry Primary School, Selsey Gold

Rose Green Junior School, Bognor Regis Gold

South Bersted C. of E. Primary School, Bognor Regis Gold

St. Mary’s C.of E. (Aided) Primary School, Pulborough Gold

Maidenbower Junior School, Crawley Gold & Overall Winner

Article contributed by Southern Water.