An Ilkeston school’s young gardeners have secured themselves an amazing three awards in this year’s Erewash In Bloom competition.
The annual contest sees gardens in homes, businesses and schools across the borough battle it out to be named the borough’s most beautiful.
Chaucer Junior School not only won joint first prize with The Long Eaton School in the Best School category, but also won Most Patriotic display and the Tallest Sunflower award.
Headteacher Anna Upton said the school’s success was down to parent volunteer Kerry Wheatley who has run the school’s very popular garden club for more than eight years.
“I feel very proud,” said Mrs Upton.
“Mrs Wheatley has seen us get the runner-up prize before but this is the first time we’ve won, so she’s so proud too.
“The kids were absolutely ecstatic – they couldn’t stop smiling.”
All the winners were announced at a ceremony at Morley Hayes golf club on Friday.
Other first prizes included The General Havelock in Ilkeston in the Pubs, Restaurants and Hotels category.
Best Street or Communal Area was won by Three Trees Community Association, a group which takes care of a plot of land in Anson Walk.
And Bramble Lodge care home in West Hallam won Business, Commercial and Places of Worship category.