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Issue:- 23 August  2012

David Bellamy School Garden Competition 2012

Peter Hosker President of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity is pictured with Professor David Bellamy before the winners were presented with their prizes.

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.

Peter Hosker and David Bellamy are pictured with Jessica in her winning garden.

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.

Mia Hodkinson’s and Emma Chapmans’ winning garden. Bottom right Emma’s grandmother collects Mia’s prize.

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.”

Jessica Simpson’s winning garden.

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.”

The crowds gather to watch the presentations to the winners and runners-up.

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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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