PUPILS who have developed a flourishing gardening club attracted the attention of S4C.

Ysgol Llannefydd, near Denbigh, started their club in January. Since then, pupils, aged between five to 11, have worked hard to transform the garden from a neglected area to an attractive site.

The school received a visit from S4C recently, along with presenter Elin Fflur, to film for programmes Prynhawn Da and Heno.

A spokesperson from the club: “The children really enjoyed her visit and demonstrated some of their gardening skills on screen.

“We have not yet been given a date for when the pieces will be broadcast.

“The garden receives regular praise and compliments from the community with those passing noting their pleasure at seeing the variety as well as the quality of the produce grown.”

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The group acquired a grant from Conwy‘s Rural Development Programme Tidy Communities. Donations of items such as tools, overalls, seeds and flowers from companies have also helped gardening club grow.

The spokesperson added: “Pupils have enjoyed sewing seeds and watching them grow on their classroom windowsill and have been delighted to watch them produce fruit and vegetables.

"They have learnt how to germinate seeds and to keep seedlings alive, with a few mistakes and many lessons learnt along the way.”

The gardening club entered Llannefydd village flower show for the first time ever in August and were successful in winning many categories including best courgettes and radish as well as a special category for primary pupils for which they were awarded a trophy.

The club also won third place in a national school gardening competition run by Cultivation Street and the Sunday Mirror overseen by celebrity horticulturist David Domoney, who presents ITV’s Love Your Garden show with Alan Titchmarsh.

The club have been working with the RHS campaign for school gardening and have successfully reached level two of their school gardening awards.

Pupils took part in the RHS big soup share where they made soup with produce from the garden. After school, parents, older siblings and the community came to enjoy the soup.

Over the coming weeks, pupils will enjoy harvesting crops from the garden which include tomatoes, runner beans, celeriac, parsnips, carrots, carvalo Nero, lettuce and beetroot.

They are also planning to build a greenhouse from recycled plastic bottles.