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School pupils serve up mouth-watering plant displays

Published August 16, 2019 1.12pm

Pupils from six Durham schools are hoping their city-centre kitchen gardens will win over both restaurant customers and horticultural judges.

Edible planters - St Leonard’s Catholic School

Pupils from St Leonard's Catholic School with their edible planter

The children, from Sherburn Primary School, Neville's Cross Primary School, Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, St Leonard's Catholic School, Durham Trinity School and Belmont Church of England Primary School, have grown a range of tasty herbs, fruit, vegetables and edible flowers, which they have used to create six attractive and delicious displays in Durham City.

The planters, on the city's Elvet and New Elvet Bridges, will brighten up the streets throughout the summer and will also form part of the city's entry into the Champion of Champions category of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) national In Bloom competition.

Taste as good as they look

As well as being visually striking, the displays taste as good as they look and restaurants and cafes across the city are using produce from the displays in their recipes. 

An exciting first

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: "This is an exciting first as we haven't produced an edible planting feature as part of the city's summer floral displays before. These pupils have proven that an edible landscape can be beautiful as well as tasty and I hope that residents and visitors enjoy admiring the displays and eating the fresh, healthy produce in our local restaurants."

The edible planter project was funded by the Durham Area Action Partnership, and delivered by the Outdoor and Sustainability Education Charity, OASES North East, and Durham's In Bloom partnership.

OASES manager, Clare Garnham, said: "Schools in Bloom has allowed us to engage hundreds more children and young people with the RHS Durham In Bloom campaign and get them interested in growing edible plants."   

Get involved

Schools who would like to be involved in a similar project next year can find out more or express their interest by emailing

Durham will find out whether its In Bloom entry has been successful when the winners of the annual competition are announced in October.

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