School is growing for gold after flood
RAIN failed to dampen the spirits of school children who have turned their gardens into attractive allotments and flourishing flower beds.
Eastfield Primary School in Immingham will be the town's entry in the tour by East Midlands In Bloom judges on Wednesday.
Organisers, who visited the school's gardens one week after heavy downpours, hope the town's entry in the competition will top a year of celebrations to mark Immingham's centenary.
Chairman of Immingham In Bloom Stewart Swinburn and fellow organisers toured some of the town's brightest spots to determine the route the official judges will take next week.
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Rain stopped the original planning tour on Thursday last week when nearly 70 millimetres of rain fell in two hours.
But they were back up and running yesterday and visited Eastfield Primary School, the Children's Centre on Margaret Street and Coomb Briggs Primary School.
Mr Swinburn said the children's centre was "brilliant" but they had decided to invite judges to Eastfield Primary because of its array of flower beds and planters including a "salad bar".
A previous attempt to tour the school sites had to be abandoned during last week's torrential rain and consequent flooding.
Learning mentor at Eastfield, Kellie Payne said: "The kids were devastated when they saw the garden flooded and all the work they had put into it underwater.
"It was a shame because it is nice for them to be able to come outside, especially for those who struggle with their behaviour. It is learning about growing and the life cycle and it is all proper hands-on learning."
The Eastfield salad bar was brimming with wholesome vegetables which will be used to feed the children.
Taylor Ball, 8, said: "Rhubarb is my favourite and I am looking forward to trying the white strawberries when they are ready. Hope that is soon."
In Bloom judges will start their tour at Immingham Civic Centre on Wednesday at 10am with Homestead Park the first destination on the grand tour of the town.
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