School Garden Competition 2012
OVER 80,000 people who
visited the 2012 Southport Flower Show, got the chance to see the
gardens designed by 2 youngsters who entered a competition sponsored
by the West Lancashire Freemasons. The prestigious David Bellamy
School Garden Competition was won by Jessica Simpson from Ashbridge
Independent School in Preston and Mia Hodkinson and Emma Chapman who
made a joint entry from Stanton Road Primary School in the Wirral.
The competition that is held each year in association with Southport
Flower Show and the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity was again
open to all primary school children in years 5 and 6 across the
North West. The competition gives a chance for the gardeners of the
future to create a garden for the show each year.
This year’s competition was entered by 276 children
across Lancashire, Cheshire, Manchester and Merseyside. The 2
winning designs, had been chosen by a panel of judges and once
constructed by a professional garden company, the 2 winners, their
families and their teachers were invited to the show to meet
Professor David Bellamy OBE. They also got presented with £500 to
enhance their school grounds and a £50 gift voucher for themselves,
as you can see in these photographs, sent to us with thanks of the
Southport Flower Show.
The head teacher, from Ashbridge Independent School,
Hilary Sharples, said:- "This is the first time our school has
entered the competition and we're extremely proud that one of our
students has won; it is fantastic to see the garden come to life at
the show. This is a great competition giving children the
opportunity to link their design skills with a love of wildlife and
horticulture; encouraging creativity while also helping the planet.”
Ashbridge Independent School plan to use the £500 to
develop an area within their grounds which will encourage bees and
butterflies to visit the school and nursery, and also to extend the
wildflower meadow for the youngest children in the baby unit.
Peter Hosker, who is the Provincial Grand Master of West Lancashire,
and President of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity said:-
”We are delighted to have once again had the opportunity of
sponsoring this very prestigious competition. As Freemasons we
support many community projects and to get children involved in
gardening is very worthwhile.”
To find out about the 2013 show, keep an eye on
To see our part 1 of our photograpic coverage of the
Southport Flower Show, click on
visits Sefton, Photo Coverage - Part 1...
Photographs by Patrick
THE world famous Dave
Prowse MBE, aka Darth Vader visited Merseyside over 18 August and 19
August 2012. We will be adding some video taken at the exclusive
event in The Cellar, Southport, on here, very soon, plus more photos
in the next issue. Don't forget to check out our other Flower Show
photos, in this edition, as
some of the ones below where taken at the show!
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