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Pupils dig in to help Frinton garden's bid for glory


Youngsters from a school in Frinton have been digging in to help a seafront park’s bid for garden glory.

Pupils from St Philomena’s School descended on the town’s Crescent Gardens on Monday, 17 June to help teachers, Frinton in Bloom volunteers and members of Tendring District Council's (TDC) Open Spaces team ahead of a visit by Anglia in Bloom judges.

The team is also waiting to hear whether the TDC-owned garden, which was awarded a prestigious Green Flag last year, has retained the award for 2024.

James Hill, TDC’s Open Space and Transport Manager, said: “It was wonderful to see the pupils from St Philomena’s digging in to plant a whole host of vegetables and fruits, including runner beans, strawberries and peppers, in the Crescent Gardens.

“It is all about championing our local environment and encouraging youngsters to take pride in where they live as well as improving quality of life by raising awareness of healthy eating and how people can grow their own food.

“Community initiatives are welcomed by the council because of the involvement of local people in our shared environment.

“Not only do our people enjoy working with the children but their involvement is viewed favourably by the judges of awards, including In Bloom contests and the Green Flag.”

TDC's Open Spaces team with pupils at the Crescent Gardens, Frinton

David Foster, chairman of Frinton in Bloom, said the bed will soon be ready for when the judges visit Frinton's entry in the regional Anglia in Bloom Competition next month.

“It’s a great initiative and it’s a pleasure to see the young people get stuck in,” he said.

“They get to learn all about planting their own vegetables and leave with a sense of real ownership of one of our town’s beautiful public gardens.”

Philippa Mathews, headteacher, said: “We pride ourselves on being active members of the local community.

“Members of our Green Team and Gardening Club were delighted to be invited to join Frinton in Bloom for this initiative.

“They really enjoyed planting the vegetables and fruits and returned to school with more seedlings to plant in the school vegetable garden.”

The results of this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition are expected to be announced in September.

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