SCHOOLS and youth groups have claimed their own Britain in Bloom award after wowing the judges with their growing skills.
Morpeth has won the Young People’s Award after local first schools took to their gardens to grow an array of fruit, vegetables and herbs as part of the competition’s Edible Britain theme.
In addition, Guide and Scout groups tended their own allotments, while King Edward VI School (KEVI) involved students in gardening, bee-keeping, poultry-keeping and food production.
The high school also teamed up with retired cookery teacher Helen Moran and local businesses, including Heavingly Kakes, Ice Bar and The Cheese Shop, to come up with recipes for their produce.
And KEVI TV made a DVD for the Bloom judges to show off the work after getting a grant from Keyfund. KEVI Citizenship teacher Sheila Clark said: “It has been a great learning experience for the students and it was a very successful project.
“We had some excellent input and I think everybody loved doing it. It is wonderful to get the award.
“The difference in getting the Best Town title this year has been the community effort. Everybody — the schools, community groups, residents — has got involved.”
KEVI student Dominic James led the filming work.
He said: “I have learnt so much that I wouldn’t have known without getting involved and it is a great thing to get the award. It is just so nice to be part of it.
“It has been so exciting trying things out with filming for the first time. This was the first real project for KEVI TV and we want to take it further on the back of this success.”