In pictures: Schools create fantastic wheelbarrow gardens for Shuttleworth Trust competition Bedford News

Visitors to the Swiss Garden were able to admire slightly smaller gardens … in wheelbarrows!

The Swiss Garden organized a wheelbarrow garden competition for primary and lower schools in Central Bedfordshire.

The idea is for schools to design a mini-garden in a wildlife-themed wheelbarrow.

This year, nine schools participated.

Unfortunately, the 2020 launch of the competition, for which 19 schools registered, could not take place due to lockdowns in place last year.

Corinne Price, Garden Heritage & Audience Development Manager, explained: “They all interpreted the theme very differently, and the level of detail and overall level is very high – it’s hard to pick a winner!

She added: “It was a great competition to organize, especially since so many schools are just recovering from being closed for so long, and we are delighted to be able to engage with local schools in this way.

“The setting of the Swiss Garden at this time of year (rhododendrons in abundance) is perfect for competition, but not without challenges.

“We have to store the wheelbarrows indoors every night due to a healthy population of muntjac deer in and around the garden, who would see the wheelbarrows as a free ‘salad bar’ once the doors are closed at the end of the day. day!”

Visitors to the Shuttleworth Trust attraction this week were given a counter upon arrival, which they used to vote for their favorite wheelbarrow.

Schools and sponsors each received free tickets to the event as a thank you for their support and participation.

The competition ends on Saturday 5th June and the winning schools (first, second and third place) will receive garden vouchers sponsored by Bedfordshire Gardens Trust.

The Poplars Garden Center near Toddington sponsored the event to the tune of ten wheelbarrows and also provided two bags of compost to each participating school.

The Shuttleworth Trust hopes to host the competition again next year on a larger scale.

Take a look at the creative wheelbarrow gardens – with these fantastic images taken by Darren Harbar Photography.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-04 17:32:19

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