Bloom judges check out university’s contest contribution

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Judges from the East Midlands in Bloom contest are pictured here visiting Buxton’s University of Derby campus to see how its sensory gardens and plans to create a herb garden could help the town win in this year’s competition.

Three culinary arts students won a grant from their students’ union to develop the garden so it could supply fresh herbs for use in the training kitchen and the university’s fine dining restaurant, which this year won the AA’s highest award for a catering training establishment.

The sensory garden was dreamed-up by Sir Christopher Ball, the university’s first Chancellor, and his wife Lady Ball, a landscape designer whose plan features three circular areas with seating, a water feature, clematis trellis, rose arch, magnolia tree and ferns.