Young Chichester gardeners rake in awards

Twenty-nine schools in West Sussex are celebrating the results of this year’s South and South East in Bloom competition, with seven of them in the Chichester area.

Bloom judges visited nearly 100 schools in the south east in June. Keen young gardeners enjoyed the opportunity to take the experts around their grounds to show off their flowers, fruit, vegetables and wildlife areas. Only nine schools won the gold award which was presented for outstanding entries. Among those were Jessie Young Husband Primary School, Chichester and Medmerry Primary School, Selsey.

Ten schools scooped silver awards, including Bishop Luffa School, Chichester and Seal Primary School, Selsey.

Three received bronze – Arundel Church of England School, Kingsham Primary School, Chichester, and Chichester Nursery School, Children and Family Centre.

Andy Shaddick, public affairs manager at the competition’s sponsor, Southern Water, said he was impressed with the youngsters’ enthusiasm to make their school gardens brighter.