Judges dig how schoolchildren have gone green

Staff and Children at Freethorpe Community Primary School celebrate their award-winning development.

Staff and Children at Freethorpe Community Primary School celebrate their award-winning development.

Submitted - Broadland District Council

Enthusiastic youngsters who have embraced gardening and the conversion of an historic barn have been picked out to receive awards for their contribution to life in Broadland.

Children at Freethorpe Community Primary School show off their green fingers.Children at Freethorpe Community Primary School show off their green fingers.

Every other year, Broadland District Council presents a Green Award for projects which benefit children and young people, while boosting physical and mental health.

This year’s winner is Freethorpe Community Primary School, for improvements made to the school grounds, including a sensory garden and allotments.

Schoolchildren have a daily gardening club while developing their understanding of living, growing, eating healthily and making a positive contribution to the environment. The development was a collaborative project by Freethorpe’s tree warden John Fleetwood, the schoolchildren and the Friends of Freethorpe School.

In joint second place, the awards panel chose to give high commendations to both the Jubilee Gardens at Postwick and the Herbert Phillipo Allotments in Hevingham.

The Diamond Jubilee Gardens at Hellesdon came in fourth place, receiving a commendation.

Each year, the council presents an Enhancement Award for a conversion, alteration, repair or extension that respects the character, scale, design and materials of an original building in Broadland.

The conversion of Malthouse Barn at Whitwell, near Reepham, is this year’s winner.

The panel chose Lower House in Coltishall to be highly commended for its restoration and remodelling work, and commended the Wroxham Hub for its transformation to community rooms.

Are you involved in a project to restore a county landmark? Call reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375 or email


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