PUPILS at an Abberley primary school got the royal seal of approval for their entry to the Royal Horticultural Society's Malvern Spring Festival.

Princess Anne visited the show to see the gardens on offer including entries to the Schools Gardens Challenge.

Abberley Parochial Primary School chose to celebrate the creation of the World Wide Web for their garden to fit in with the challenge's theme of Great Moments in History.

Pupils helped to design and build their garden which they called The Mouse Web.

The garden depicted web addresses and computers in a humourous design and was split into seven beds to represent the seven continents.

The School Gardens Challenge, supported by BAM Construct UK and BBC Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, this year saw a record number of applications with 21 educational establishments taking part.

Mr Collins said: “Being the School Gardens Champion for RHS Malvern has been an incredibly rewarding experience and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself.

"I am passionate about inspiring young people to have a go at gardening and the School Gardens Challenge is a fantastic way of demonstrating all the different avenues that horticulture has to offer.

"The children have to come up with a design, grow their plants and construct their gardens from scratch and this year the standard has been incredibly high with nine gardens being awarded Highly Commended.

"It was great to see how interested Princess Anne was in the gardens and the children were all thrilled to meet her. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.”