THE area's prize petunia grower is Alexander Griffiths, eight, from Elvetham Heath Primary School, Fleet.

Via Redfields Garden Centre he took part in a competition to grow plants and develop an interest in gardening. He was awarded the Redfields Cup and goes on to the national finals at BBC Gardeners' World Live show at the NEC Birmingham.

Alexander, his parents and two teachers from his school have been invited to attend the national finals.

Alexander is pictured with the Redfields Cup.

Seven local schools took part: Crookham County Junior School, Cove Junior School, St Nicholas's School, Daneshill School, Elvetham Heath Primary School and Farnborough Grange Nursery Infants School.

After the Easter holidays Redfields supplied the schools with a petunia plant "plug", pot, compost and growing instructions.