A CELEBRITY gardener has praised a Southwick school for teaching children about growing plants.
Chris Collins, who is best known for tending to the BBC’s Blue Peter garden, visited Glebe Primary School to present a silver gilt award.
The Church Lane school entered the Blooming Schools competition, which looks at horticulture and gardening, environmental responsibility and community participation.
The competition, sponsored by Southern Water, runs alongside South and South East in Bloom.
Mr Collins said: “I like this school. It has interpretation boards around the grounds to teach the children more about plants and what they need to grow.
“These children are learning to be proper gardeners.”
He has been touring the region to present awards to the competition’s winners.
Teacher Pauline Davies, who leads the Ground Force team at the school, said: “I set up the gardening club and run it with the site manager, Mr Stepney.
“The children plant the seeds, grow the vegetables and sell them to parents in order to buy more for next year.
“The children enjoy gardening and it gives them a sense of achievement. It’s the first year we’ve entered In Bloom and we are all delighted to have won silver gilt.”
Andy Shaddick, public affairs manager at Southern Water, also attended the presentation. He said: “Chris Collins and the In Bloom team really enjoyed looking around the school grounds and presenting the award.”