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PUBLISHED: 11:19 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 25 August 2010

BLOMMIN’ GREAT: Pupils get to work on their school garden for the competition.

BLOMMIN' GREAT: Pupils get to work on their school garden for the competition.

A GREEN fingered school is going for gold in a competition to find the borough s best dressed gardens.

A GREEN fingered school is going for gold in a competition to find the borough's best dressed gardens.

Pupils at St Michael's Primary School, Wrotham Road, Welling, are busy preparing the flower beds they hope will earn a gold award in the 2010 Bexley in Bloom contest. Last year their entry in the School Garden category won a silver gilt.

Children and staff are proud of the school's green credentials, running a gardening club and a rota system that sees parents take turns in helping to create a front garden.

In March it secured £6,000 from the council to create a sensory garden for children with learning disabilities, a pond and a raised landscaped area with plots for each pupil to leave their own creative mark.

Head teacher, Richard Varney, said: "We think it's important for our pupils to have an interest in gardening so they can develop an appreciation for the environment.

"They show a lot of enthusiasm and pride, supported by Margaret Williams who runs the after school gardening club.

"It's good to see parents getting involved, led by Sue O'Brien, to help the children.

"Last year we won a silver award so maybe with all the hard work, we can go one better."

Bexley in Bloom 2010 has more categories than ever before, whether it is a window box or hanging baskets, a pretty front garden, or a business or pub.Judging takes place throughout June and July and there are prizes up for grabs donated by Ruxley Manor Garden Centre. The deadline for school entries is May 21 and June 11 for all other categories.

Download an application form from www.bexley.gov.uk or ring 020 8303 7777 for more details and a full run down of competition categories.

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