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Phoenix High's farm has been named best vegetable garden and best community garden in the Borough in Bloom awards.

The school's vegetable patch was started two years ago with the help of Phoenix facilities director Garry McMillan, family learning and farm co-ordinator Marcia Clack and Hammersmith Community Gardens Association gardens manager Annette Birch.

"Everybody is really proud of their work here and it's fantastic to get some recognition, both for the students and for the volunteers," said Birch.

About 30 secondary school students regularly tend the patch, as well as children from nearby primary schools and community volunteers.

Phoenix Farm won the awards just after its second annual Harvest Festival, when farm was opened to local residents , who were offered free food made with produce grown in the patch.

Garden organisers also run a White City Food Co-op event each Friday from 10am to noon where residents can buy fresh vegetables from the garden.

There were ten different categories in this year’s Borough in Bloom competition, ranging from business premises to roof terrace and front garden.

Judges were particularly keen to see effective use of plants, colour, layout, good cultivation and maintenance. Special consideration was also given to gardens which included environmental benefits, such as water recycling or gardens that attract wildlife.

Winners received a certificate and a gardening voucher for £20, while those finishing second and third received vouchers for £15 and £10.

The winners were:

Vegetable Garden - Annette Birch and Marcia Clack, Phoenix High School

Community Garden - Annette Birch and Marcia Clack, Phoenix High Schoo

Back Garden - Melville Trimble, Rylett Road

Public House - Lee Dzbenski, Dartmouth Castle, Glenthorne Road

Senior Citizen - Ben Glazebrook, Ongar Road

Business Premises -  Mike Batie, Hurlingham Club

Container Garden - Lester and Debbie Kershenbaum, Lillie Road

Roof Terrace - Dorothy Martina, Adam Walk

Window Box - Lester and Debbie Kershenbaum, Lillie Road

Front Garden - Lester and Debbie Kershenbaum, Lillie Road

8 October 2009