Royal Horticultural Society – It’s Your Neighbourhood

Thank you to everyone who has, over the last several years, given time and effort to designing and establishing the Hexham Middle School Community Garden. We have received an “Outstanding” award from the judges of Northumbria in Bloom! This is the highest award category, so well done to everyone.

There were a number of entries from Hexham, all for flower and shrub gardens, with HMS the only one growing food. To quote the report ‘this is a really good example of a community garden’. The judges were impressed with how the pupils and wider community are very involved with the maintenance and development of the garden; the really good range of plants grown here – fruit, vegetables and flowers; and the partnership with Edible Hexham through Transition Tynedale.

We have a very fine framed certificate, which will need a good home. The school maybe, or the potting shed door, to remind us to give ourselves a pat on the back occasionally!

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