Weybridge In Bloom Presentation To 2020 Flowerbed Competition Winners
Presentation to Winners of Weybridge In Bloom’s Design A Flowerbed Competition
Congratulations to the 3 winners, pictured above, who were presented with certificates and trophy by Elmbridge Mayor, Mary Sheldon.
Entrants from Weybridge in Bloom and local schools were asked to create a flower bed design that reflects their vision for Weybridge for the next 10 years.
Theme: New Decade = New Beginning
You can see the winning designs below, with information on the inspiration behind the designs.
Overall Winner Of Flowerbed Design Competition
Congratulations to Gabriela van Kampen de Albuquerque Maranhao – Cleves School, Year 6. This design will be planted in Churchfield Recreation Ground for the local community to enjoy.
Inspiration for Gabriela’s design:
“The next 10 years will be crucial to the health of our planet. Climate change is a real threat knocking at our door and it is not by chance.
This flower bed design embraces the calls to build a more sustainable world and encourages the active engagement of all society represented by the hands.”
Congratulations to Lia Paterson of St. George’s Junior School, Year 5.
Colour Key for plants:
Inspiration for Lia’s design:
“I’m showing that if we keep polluting and wasting resources there will be no more flowers to plant, there will be no trees to help us breathe.
We set our future and we can decide to make it a nature friendly planet or a poisoned dirty planet.
There is one right answer. But just speaking that we care does not help. We need to act now and in the next decade to set our future.
My flower bed design shows the right and wrong future. I hope we choose the right one.”
Inspiration for his design:
“I got the idea from the stars that shine brightly in the sky. I hope that the next 10 years in Weybridge are happy, bright and prosperous.”
Elmbridge Borough Council’s Announcement
Elmbridge Flowerbed Competition winning designs announced at Weybridge in Bloom AGM
Elmbridge Borough Council was delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Flowerbed Competition at the Weybridge in Bloom AGM on Saturday 6 March, with the Mayor of Elmbridge in attendance.
The Competition has now been running for 10 years with a different theme every year. The winning design is planted in the raised flowerbed at the entrance of Churchfields recreation ground at the beginning of every summer. This year, the competition was open to residents living in and children going to school in Weybridge, and the theme was ‘New decade = new beginning’; an ambitious theme that could be interpreted in many different ways.
Weybridge in Bloom, founded in 2019, worked in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council to promote the 2020 Flowerbed Competition and played a crucial part in mobilizing the residents and local schools.
In their first year of existence, Weybridge in Bloom have spearheaded many local community planting events and are keen to develop and support further ‘green’ projects on open public spaces to complement the character of their town. They are always keen to welcome new members and would love to hear from you.
There was a record participation from local schools at this year’s Flowerbed Competition and a high number of stunning entries bursting with ideas. Selecting three top designs was a challenge for the judges as the standards were so high.
A common denominator for all the beautiful entries we received was the importance of protecting our local environment and preserving it for decades to come. The message was loud and clear; advocating the need to face the reality and change our ways to save our invaluable environment, ie protect it or lose it!
The winning design was by Gabriella of Cleves school.
To illustrate her design, she quoted the following humbling but truthful message: “The next 10 years will be crucial to the health of our planet. Climate change is a real threat knocking our door and it is not by chance. This flowerbed design embraces the cause to build a more sustainable world and encourage the active engagement of all societies.”
The first runner-up was Lia of St George’s Junior School.
The message she wrote to support her design was equally unequivocal and sobering: “I am showing that if we keep polluting and wasting resources, there will be no trees to breathe. We set our future and we can decide to make it a nature-friendly planet or a poisoned dirty planet. There is one right answer. But speaking that we care does not help, we need to act now and in the next decade to set our future. My flowerbed design shows the right and wrong futures. I hope we choose the right one.”
The second runner-up was Tobias of Cleves School who gave a message of hope to explain his design depicting a star: “I got the idea from the stars that shine brightly in the sky. I hope that the next 10 years in Weybridge are happy, bright and prosperous.”
Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “The quality of entries in this year’s Flowerbed Competition was fantastic. The designs were packed with ideas, colours and conveyed powerful messages. Most of all, they demonstrated how much young people care about their local environment. I look forward to seeing the winning design planted in Churchfields recreation ground in the summer and many Weybridge in Bloom projects coming into fruition for the enjoyment of the whole community. Keep up the good work.”
About Weybridge in Bloom
Weybridge in Bloom will help in getting people together; improving their local environment and creating spaces that are a source of pride for people of all ages. This will primarily be through encouraging gardening and horticultural activities in open and public spaces that complement the character of our town and adds color to our surroundings.
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