Schoolkids dig in – and strike gold

Striking gold: Amy Wardle and Myfanwy Sailsbury plus headteacher Cathryn Wilkinson, from SS Mary and Michael Catholic Primary School, receiving the gold certificate from the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Coun Don and Mrs Vera Lawrenson
Striking gold: Amy Wardle and Myfanwy Sailsbury plus headteacher Cathryn Wilkinson, from SS Mary and Michael Catholic Primary School, receiving the gold certificate from the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Coun Don and Mrs Vera Lawrenson

Green-fingered pupils have struck gold in the Young Wyre in Bloom awards.

The award recognises the achievements of youngsters from SS Mary and Michael Catholic Primary School, Garstang, in “greening their environment and making it more attractive”.

The award comes soon after the school achieved a renewal of its Eco Green Flag Status

Headteacher Cathryn Wilkinson said: “The children were thrilled to receive Wyre in Bloom Gold award after achieving silver in 2011.

“Staff and pupils have worked hard to create a more colourful welcome at school using flowers and new floral displays.

“As a result of Wyre in Bloom, the children are always looking at new ways in which to improve their environment and have become very proud of their school and its appearance.”

The school has had a very busy year for environmental initiatives with lots of new projects including:

A new vegetable and fruit garden, with produce used in the school kitchen or sold.

A mini fruit tree orchard to provide snacks of fruit or vegetables for junior children at playtimes.

Newly introduced courtyard planters and flower beds to improve the front of the main entrance

Support for the Rotary Club initiative to encourage more bees by planting mini gardens in recycled car tyres.

Developing new habitats, including a pond with a dipping platform, mini-beast habitats and bird hide to allow for bird watching.

In the wider community, the school supported a competition organised by local company Garden Inspirations to design a flower bed for the Kepple Lane play area and park. The school won the competition and its garden was created for the benefit of the local community.