Flower power as baskets flourish

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Samworth Church Academy has a hot new look for summer thanks to its green-fingered students.

The school ran a best-in-show competition for hanging baskets in June, and the results now decorate the front of the building.

The baskets were created to the students’ individual designs and were then presented to school governor Valerie Leivers to judge.

After thorough consideration and difficult decision-making she commended all the entrants, saying the overall standard was exceptionally high.

She added that she was surprised to see so many unique ways students had risen to the challenge.

Valerie said: “The joy of hanging baskets is that it doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is, or indeed if you don’t have a garden, you can still have a hanging basket.”

In the end, there could be only one champion, and first prize was awarded to Katelyn Rockey-Clewlow.

Valerie said her judgement was based on “colour, mix of flowers and overall balance of the design.”

“All the baskets were nicely presented and I’m glad it seems that the students enjoyed doing it,” she added.

“I hope for some it will be the beginning of a hobby for life. This is something that anyone can do and it doesn’t cost a lot to do it.

“I get tremendous pleasure from my garden and hope the students might find the same enjoyment.”