Ely Horticultural Society’s potato growing competition is a hit

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year grou

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year group has grown, with staff and support staff. - Credit: Archant

The winners of Ely Horticultural Society’s potato growing competition have been announced.

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year grou

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year group has grown, with staff and support staff. - Credit: Archant

After supplying children and adults at St Mary’s C of E Junior School with potatoes, compost and bags in Easter, the biggest growers were judged on Monday.

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year grou

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year group has grown, with staff and support staff. - Credit: Archant

This year’s winners were Year 3 with a weight of 590 grams. The adult winners were the office staff with 612grams.

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year grou

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year group has grown, with staff and support staff. - Credit: Archant

Peter Holden, of the society, said: “We wanted to get children involved with gardening, but in the end the adults wanted to take part too, so there was an office and staff bag as well.

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year grou

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year group has grown, with staff and support staff. - Credit: Archant

“We went to the school on Monday and weighed them but kept it secret. Then we returned today (Friday) with the Mayor of Ely Councillor Richard Hobbs to present the winners of each year group with a certificate.

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year grou

Members of the Horticultural Society at St Mary's School in Ely weighing the potatoes each year group has grown, with staff and support staff. - Credit: Archant


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“St Mary’s were very enthusiastic but we want to trial it out with other schools as well.”

Mayor of Ely Cllr Richard Hobbs with Peter and Vicki Holden and two of the Year 3 potato growing win

Mayor of Ely Cllr Richard Hobbs with Peter and Vicki Holden and two of the Year 3 potato growing winners. - Credit: Archant

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