Budding Maryland gardeners win Flower Society gold award

Maryland Primary School pupils with teacher Ms Boreham

Maryland Primary School pupils with teacher Ms Boreham - Credit: Maryland Primary School

Green-fingered youngsters at Maryland Primary School were treated to a visit from the London Children’s Flower Society.

Green-fingered youngsters at Maryland Primary School were treated to a visit from the London Children’s Flower Society.

Tony Comben, the society’s chairman, was at the Gurney Road school to judge its garden as part of the annual summer competition and present it with a gold award.

The school had been provided with discounted seeds and all of the 450 pupils had taken part in planting them.

The array of flowers and vegetables on show included sunflowers, courgettes and cucumbers.

Deputy headteacher Lorraine Cooper said: “Mr Comben was captivated by our wonderful garden and appreciated how much work and devotion had gone into making it a space of peace, beauty and production – and of course a place for education.”

Children taking part in the after-school gardening club helped with the day-to-day maintenance of the garden

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The London Children’s Flower Society was set up more than 60 years ago to encourage children in the capital to take up gardening.

Around 200 schools and 40,000 children enter its competitions each year.