In Bloom competition winners announced at Ness Gardens
Schools and communities from across Cheshire West attended the annual In Bloom awards ceremonies to hear how their horticultural and environmental efforts were judged in this year’s campaign.
The Schools in Bloom 2013 competition results were announced at a ceremony held at Ness Gardens.
Organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council and sponsored by Essar Oil (UK) Ltd, the competition is open to all schools to plant and nurture a green space - no matter how large or small.
Star performers were: Gold Award winners, Neston Primary School, Barrow Church of England Primary School and Saighton Church of England Primary School.
Silver Awards went to Ashton Hayes Primary School, Grange Community Primary School, Winsford E-ACT Academy, Childer Thornton Primary School, Mill View Primary School and Shocklach Oviatt C of E Primary School.
Bronze Award winners were, Frodsham Church of England Primary School, Wallerscote Primary School, Neston High School, Barrow Pre-School, Crowton Primary School, Comberbach Primary School and Waverton Community Primary School.
The ceremony was attended by Councillor Eleanor Johnson, Councillor Stuart Parker, the Executive Member for Culture and Recreation and Ian Cotton from Essar Oil (UK).
Councillor Johnson who welcomed the schools to the award ceremony, said: “It’s really fantastic to see more and more schools getting involved with this project each year.
“Speaking with the children it’s also clear that they feel a great deal of pride in their own personal achievements and the end products this year really speak for themselves.
“I would like to thank Essar Oil (UK) Ltd for their continued support as the competition couldn’t go ahead without their sponsorship”
Ian Cotton from Essar Oil (UK) Ltd added: “This is a tremendous competition and one we are proud to support. It was great to see so many schools involved this year with such a high standard of entries.”
Later, Councillors Johnson and Parker attended the Something Blooming Special 2013 award ceremony at Burleydam Garden Centre, Ellesmere Port.
Sponsoring the competition for the third year, Sally Cornelissen, Director of Burleydam Garden Centre, congratulated the entrants on their wonderful achievements.
She said: “I am delighted to support a competition that is a marvellous way of bringing communities together while they do something that genuinely brightens local environments. Burleydam Garden Centre is committed to sponsoring this competition as a business within West Cheshire.
Councillor Johnson presented awards to entrants in categories including best front garden, best community project, best container, best floral display in a recycled container, best allotment and best commercial premises.
Councillor Parker summed up the ceremony by acknowledging the hard work put into every entry.
He said: “Each individual floral display plays its part in making West Cheshire an even lovelier place, both for people who live here and for visitors. It is great to see that entries are coming in from all corners of the Borough.
“We are looking for the competition to grow and hope for more entries again next year”.