Awards delight at the double

Morpeth's Abbeyfields First School pupils seen in its award-winning edible herb garden.'REF 1007130288
Morpeth's Abbeyfields First School pupils seen in its award-winning edible herb garden.'REF 1007130288

GREEN-FINGERED students at a Morpeth school are celebrating after achieving the top award in a regional competition.

After showing their flower and vegetable growing prowess and their creative side in the garden area, Abbeyfields First School retained its Northumbria in Bloom Gold award in the Growing Together category.

But this year it went one better. Staff and pupils will pick up the Land of the Prince Bishops Trophy for best school entry in September.

They also won the Morpeth Mayor’s Herb Garden competition after modifying the plants to come up with a five-a-side match and spectators.

Each year group has an allotment bed to grow food, some of which goes to the school kitchen, and students have made their own eco-greenhouse out of two-litre pop bottles.

Helen Briggs, who has helped the children in the garden along with fellow staff Jan Curry and Ross Pearson, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled. The children have worked very hard and they deserve these two accolades.”