OKEHAMPTON Rotary Club has presented awards for the fattest carrot, the heaviest beetroot and the longest bean in its first-ever schools’ garden competition.

The club launched a contest to grow seed donated by Country Lanes Garden Centre, and three schools – Northlew, Chagford and Hatherleigh – took up the offer.

The children got busy planting the seed doled out in the spring and the results were impressive.

The award winners were presented with their prizes at a ceremony at the Fountain Inn, Okehampton on October 4 (pictured).

Hatherleigh Primary won awards for best garden and fattest carrot, while Northlew Primary won the best vegetable plot and heaviest beetroot and Chagford Primary won the longest bean.

The awards were presented by Jane Metcalfe, who is both a rotarian and the owner of Country Lanes Garden Centre, and rotarian Nils Westman, the club’s environment officer.

The competition is all part of the club’s ongoing initiative to encourage sustainable food growing and sourcing and healthy eating.

The Rotary Club of Okehampton will be running the schools’ garden competition again next spring, and all primary schools in the area are welcome to take part.

Contact Nils Westman at the club for further details.