Students sow the seeds for success

Pupils from Shanklea Primary School who won the Manor Walks' 2014 Cramlington in Bloom competition.
Pupils from Shanklea Primary School who won the Manor Walks' 2014 Cramlington in Bloom competition.

Green-fingered students have been having a blooming good time at a Cramlington shopping centre.

Junior landscape architects in the making have seen their planting efforts flourish as part of an annual gardening competition hosted by Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure.

Pupils from the town’s Shanklea Primary School have sown the seeds to their own success after winning the Manor Walks’ 2014 Cramlington in Bloom competition.

As part of the project, green-fingered pupils from Beaconhill and Eastlea primary schools joined those from Shanklea for an interactive visit to Azure Garden Centre earlier this year.

The session taught the children about the different plant varieties and growing habits before they put their new found gardening skills to the test.

The annual horticultural challenge saw each school design and bring to life their planter at Manor Walks.

The colourful planters were judged by representatives from the shopping centre and named Shanklea the winners for an inspired design and enthusiastic display.

Bruno Coppola, Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure’s general manager, said: “Our annual Cramlington in Bloom competition creates an excellent opportunity to involve those living within the Cramlington community in our ventures.

“We were very impressed with each of the entries, which have created a great talking point at the centre, and I’d like to congratulate all of the our aspiring gardeners on their efforts, but the design created by pupils from Shanklea Primary School showed true flair.

“Throughout the competition we have worked closely with Beaconhill, Eastlea and Shanklea primary schools, Cramlington Town Council and Azure Garden Centre to create a strong sense of community pride within local children that will help to maintain as well as enhance our town in years to come.”