Showing a special talent for gardening

Pupils at New College Stamford taking part in a horticultural competition EMN-151026-154057001
Pupils at New College Stamford taking part in a horticultural competition EMN-151026-154057001
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Students with special educational needs showed a talent for gardening – and creating lantern pumpkins – when they competed in a horticultural competition.

New College Stamford hosted students from Boston College and Linkage College, near Skegness, in the Regional Skills Link Competition.

Students with learning difficulties from each of the colleges completed a number of floral displays before trying their hands at creating pumpkin lanterns for Halloween.

At the end of the day, students were presented with a range of gold, silver and bronze medals in recognition of the hard work they had put in throughout the event.

Josh Horne, 22, from Peterborough, won a silver award in the large pot category.

He said: “It was a really good day – I love gardening. The best bit was making the lanterns though.”

Connor Moloney, 19, from Stamford, won a gold award in the hanging basket category.

He said: “It was a really interesting day. I definitely liked making the hanging baskets the best – and I won! I love exercise and doing things, so gardening is good for me.”

Tutor Ian Mclean said it was wonderful to see the students enjoying the opportunity to compete.