Horticulture students at Castle Manor Academy have received the highest award for school gardening from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
The students and their teacher, Becky Baldwin, received the award from Alison Findlay, from the RHS, who has been working with the Academy to deliver projects and training using their newly developed kitchen garden.
In the past year students, parents and community have created a sensory garden, harvest hedgerow, herb garden, dry grass garden, orchard, kitchen garden, butterfly garden, bug hotel, willow tepee and chicken share scheme.
Students and staff regularly use the garden with its colourful benches for meeting at lunchtime and to develop outside learning opportunities.
Although pleased with the projects undertaken so far, Mrs Baldwin is keen to push things further by growing more produce to encouraging enterprise.
Her long-term vision is to create a smallholding or allotment to provide more opportunities for the academy and the community to grow their own food.
Castle Manor Academy was recently nominated a flagship school for school gardening and the academy now offers professional training to other teachers in Suffolk.
Mrs Baldwin thanked local companies who have sponsored various aspects of the gardens at Castle Manor, Paugers Plants who have supplied many of the plants and to the RHS who have been a valuable source of information and support.