Growing trend for growing gardeners

While they may still be growing themselves, a group of Exeter school children are celebrating after scooping top prize in a garden design competition.

Pupils from St Sidwells School beat off competition from four other local schools to take top prize in the Green Team Big Project contest.

The school will now see its plans for a sensory garden become a reality thanks to the simplicity of the idea and the willingness on behalf of the children to maintain the area when it is complete, according to

However, the other four entrants were not left disappointed after the kind-hearted judges decided to award each of them £250 to put towards transforming their own ideas into a garden.

The credit crunch has led to a growing number of people rediscovering the joys of growing their own food in their gardens and greenhouses and it seems the green-fingered fever is spreading to the younger generation too.

Meanwhile, the Blackpool Gazette is running a competition where young gardeners can win themselves thousands of pounds worth of equipment.