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A blooming marvellous effort in flower competition

In Bloom competition winners announced at Ness Gardens

Cllr Eleanor Johnson, Sally Cormelissen of Burleydam Nursery, Jill Connolly, Greenspace policy officer, Dee McCarthy, Greenspace technical offer and Cllr Stuart Parker with winners

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”.

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