CHILDREN, parents, teachers and helpers from all over Rushmoor gathered at Badshot Lea Garden Centre to receive awards for this year's Rushmoor in Bloom schools/pre-schools competition.

The youngsters spent the summer months growing and nurturing plants and wildlife areas as well as completing project work on crab apple trees which had been donated earlier in the year by the garden centre.

Competition was fierce as 31 schools and pre-schools fought to win trophies.

Councillor Mrs Rosemary Possee, Chairman of the In Bloom Forum, said: "Every year it gets more and more difficult to choose winners as the standards get higher and higher.

"Among this year's impressive entries was Pippins Pre-school which created a safe, private area for the children behind their building in Queens Road Recreational Ground, Farnborough.

"Then there was Marlborough Infant School whose outstanding care of their crab apple tree impressed Alan Tripp from Badshot Lea Carden Centre, who judged all the donated trees and the project work that the children had completed."

Above: Rushmoor Mayor Bryan Jupp with Alan Tripp and winners of the best crab apple tree project.