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Former royal gardener hands out awards to green fingered primary schools from across Bexley

PUBLISHED: 09:44 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:44 05 July 2017

Former royal gardener Jim Buttress presented the awards

Former royal gardener Jim Buttress presented the awards

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Students were invited to the centre on Tuesday, July 4

A competition encouraging primary schools in the borough to start gardening has revealed its five prize winners.

Ruxley Manor hosted Ruxley in Bloom’s awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 4, with schools from within 20 miles of the garden centre all taking part.

Former royal gardener Jim Buttress presented Slade Green Primary School with top prize for the heaviest potatoes challenge after matching Montbelle Primary School’s five kilogram crop.

Bursted Wood Primary School in Bexleyheath won best school planted container for the second year running, while Christchurch Church of England Primary School won best school vegetable plot.

The remaining prizes, best school garden and scariest scarecrow, went to Charlton Manor Primary School and Montbelle respectively.

Marketing manager at Ruxley Manor Alex Field said “We are always overjoyed to see so many schools take part in the competition, the level of dedication and enthusiasm has again exceeded all our expectations.

“It was great to meet all the children and hear about what they had enjoyed and learnt about gardening. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s schools competition.”

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