Langney pupils are blooming marvellous

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Schoolchildren at Langney County Primary School are blooming marvellous – and that’s official.

The youngsters won the annual In Bloom competition which asks children to design a mural which is then planted out by council staff at Holywell near the cafe.

The Langney youngsters designed a plant display of the Beachy Head Lighthouse.

On Friday morning the children, their teacher, representatives from the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership, which runs the competition, landscaping staff and people behind the recent successful campaign to repaint the Beachy Head Lighthouse gathered at the area to see the final planting of the design.

They were congratulated by Eastbourne’s new mayor Janet Coles before helping gardeners from The Landscape Group to plant out the winning carpet garden design.

This is the 20th In-Bloom competition for primary schools to take part in and organisers say the initiative contributes to school curriculum work by putting learning into context and developing links beyond the classroom.

This year’s theme celebrated the 500th anniversary of Trinity House which owns the Beachy Head landmark.

Previous mayor Mike Thompson helped to choose the colourful contribution to the annual carpet garden displays on the seafront and had praised the children for their outstanding contribution.

Langney’s winning design will now be seen by hundreds of visitors and residents over the summer months.

Eastbourne Education Business Partnership delivers work-related activities that enhance teaching and student learning outcomes and contribute to economic growth and prosperity in Eastbourne and Hailsham.

Eastbourne EBP gained charitable status in November 2012.