South Yorkshire schoolgirl’s grand design clinches gardening title

Danielle Gillot and other young gardeners at Laughton Junior and Infants who won a competition for gardening equipment for the school
Danielle Gillot and other young gardeners at Laughton Junior and Infants who won a competition for gardening equipment for the school
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Green queen Danielle Gillot has dug deep to be named the top young gardener in the country.

The eight-year-old’s design of a dream garden was the winning entry in a national competition.

And her efforts bore fruit when Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins visited Laughton Junior and Infants, where Danielle is a pupil, to help youngsters with their pruning.

Prizes of wellies, tools and 40,000 vouchers to help the school garden bloom further were also handed out.

Caroline Coates, headteacher at the school in Laughton-en-le-Morthen, near Dinnington, said: “Our school came in the top six nationally in the Morrisons Let’s Grow contest, and then Danielle won it for us.

“We all want to say a big well done to Danielle. Her garden had all sorts of things in, including a vegetable patch.

“She has been part of a club that has done lots of gardening. Three years ago we didn’t have a garden but teacher Claire Bailey started one and it has grown from there.

“We grow more vegetables than we can eat! Our kitchen cooks with them and the children also take them home.

“Chris Collins worked with the children all day and has been brilliant with them.”

Danielle won the Morrisons’ contest ahead of hundreds of other children to be named the first Young Gardener of the Year.

David Hewitt, Morrisons Communities Manager, added: “Everyone was really impressed with Danielle’s entry and she’s a deserving recipient of our first Young Gardener of the Year award.”

School leaders have also nominated Danielle for the Star Superkids awards, which recognises youngsters’ achievements.