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CELEBRATING Solent Infant School's gardening club members, from top left, Sam Cooper, Demi Armstrong, Freddie Hutchings, Rahul Bhurton, Steven Biles, Jasmine Wellington, Louisa McKay, and Georgina Heslop Picture: Paul Jacobs (112493-1)

CELEBRATING Solent Infant School's gardening club members, from top left, Sam Cooper, Demi Armstrong, Freddie Hutchings, Rahul Bhurton, Steven Biles, Jasmine Wellington, Louisa McKay, and Georgina Heslop Picture: Paul Jacobs (112493-1)

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GREEN-FINGERED infants in Cosham are rejoicing after being judged the best young gardeners in Hampshire.

The five and six-year-olds from Solent Infants won over experts for this year’s South East in Bloom Competition with their range of wild flowers, seasonal bloomers, organic vegetables and composting.

They were also a cut above the rest when it came to their seeding, hoeing and weeding.

And judges were impressed with the youngsters’ dedicated diaries which charted the gardening activities as they created a stunning outdoor environment for their school.

Sue Russell, class teacher who helps run the gardening club, said: ‘We are thrilled about winning.

‘It’s a real tribute to the children who absolutely love gardening, which teaches them about the seasons, and helps them understand where vegetables come from and what plants need to grow, as well as what insects like bees need to keep us having crops like strawberries and apples.’

Solent Infants were among nine schools out of 90 judged in Hampshire to win gold. Nine schools received silver gilt awards, six won silver and one was awarded bronze.

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