Green-fingered students from Communication Specialist College Doncaster have had their impressive gardening skills recognised with triple gold in the Doncaster in Bloom competition.

The annual horticultural and gardening contest, open to individuals, groups and businesses in Doncaster, tasks entrants with enhancing their environment through horticultural skills. Entries take into account creativity, colour and originality.

The college, who provide support and specialised learning for people with communication difficulties from across the country, took home gold medals in the categories of Best School/College Garden, Best Wildlife/Sustainable Garden and Most Unusual Container.

It marks seven years of continuous success in the contest for the specialist college, which is run by Doncaster Deaf Trust.

Mark Ogden, Horticultural tutor at the Trust, who himself won the gold medal for Best Private Garden Residence and Best Private Garden Display, said: "Three gold medals is a fantastic result for our students and just reward for their hard work.

"Our students and staff were committed to entering the competition from January, when we selected and ordered seeds and plug plants. The students nurtured the young plants until judging in July, learning valuable new skills while at the same time studying for their Level 1 and 2 horticulture qualifications."

The Trust, which began life in 1829 as Doncaster Residential School for the Deaf, now comprises a nursery, school, college and care-home in order to provide care for deaf, hard of hearing and people with communication difficulties at all stages in life.