A magical miniature garden created by green-fingered children at York junior school won first prize in a competition held as part of the city’s first horticultural festival, Bloom!
Thirty schools entered the competition – sponsored by Hungate (York) Regeneration – which involved creating a garden in a brightly coloured, 85-litre wheelbarrow, with the help of a bag of peat-free, nationally accredited compost produced locally by Yorganics from the garden waste recycled by householders in York, and topsoil provided by Selby-based Stones4Homes Ltd.
All 30 wheelbarrows were taken to the Bloom! Festival in July and after much deliberation the judges chose the one designed by Carr Junior School in Acomb.
They will now receive £500 worth of gardening and outdoor equipment donated by Hungate (York) Regeneration. Second placed Poppleton Road Primary School will receive £250 to spend at Stones4Homes, suppliers of slates, gravels, chippings, pebbles, cobbles, top soil and bark products.
Bloom! Was brainchild of Make It York and supported by York Business Improvement District and dozens of local businesses and organisations.
Lotte Inch, Festival Curator for Bloom!, said: “The winning barrow was selected for its sheer brilliant content. There were so many references to stories and fictional characters, such as Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gruffalo, The Hungry Caterpillar and Little Red Riding Hood, that each child had chosen and the judges were clearly impressed by this imaginative and collaborative effort.”
Steven Graham, Community Liaison Manager at Hungate (York) Regeneration, said: “We were pleased to be part of such a fantastic initiative which encouraged children to be creative and come up with displays that professional gardeners would have been proud of.”
Sam Wright, Field Sales Executive for Yorganics, said: “We were delighted to have been able to supply the compost for the children to create their miniature gardens and it obviously worked wonders because there were some amazing designs.
“As the compost is made from the green waste recycled by people in York and North Yorkshire, the children were effectively using something which started life in their own gardens, so as well as being lots of fun, the competition has also taught them about the importance of recycling.”
Shaun Robson, Managing Director of Stones4Homes, which delivered the wheelbarrows, Yorganics compost and topsoil to the 30 schools, said: “It was great being part of such an exciting competition and we are now looking forward to welcoming both Poppleton Road Primary School at Stones4Homes so they can spend the winnings and continue their gardening.”