Pupils show off their design and gardening skills

Scarborough in bloom 'Design A Flowerbed' competition winner, Abigail Bowes, 6, with her helper, brother Thomas, 9, who received their winners certificates from Mayor and Mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn.  112427e
Scarborough in bloom 'Design A Flowerbed' competition winner, Abigail Bowes, 6, with her helper, brother Thomas, 9, who received their winners certificates from Mayor and Mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn. 112427e

GREEN-FINGERED youngsters from two Scarborough schools had a bloomin’ marvellous time after creating some stunning designs for the town’s floral display.

The pupils from St Peter’s School and Wheatcroft School took part in Scarborough In Bloom’s annual competition to find the best flowerbed.

Scarborough in bloom 'Design A Flowerbed' competition winners, Rhianna Cash, 11, with friend and helper Libby Hickson, 11 who received their winners certificates from Mayor and Mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn. 112427b

Scarborough in bloom 'Design A Flowerbed' competition winners, Rhianna Cash, 11, with friend and helper Libby Hickson, 11 who received their winners certificates from Mayor and Mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn. 112427b

Faced with the task of creating a design on the theme of their favourite animal, the youngsters came up with a plethora of ideas, with a cat, mouse and pig eventually coming out on top.

Rhianna Cash, aged 11, came up with the mouse design, Abigail Bowes, six, designed a cat flowerbed and Jack Townsend, 10, was a winner with his pig design.

Sheila Johnson, from Scarborough Council’s community environment team, was involved in the project and said it was great to see children engaging with gardening. She said: “We chose these designs because they were the best for adapting to a flowerbed.

“The competition is a little bit different and the lovely thing is that the children can now make the beds their own and take them over for the summer. They really love this and enjoy getting their hands dirty.

Scarborough in bloom 'Design A Flowerbed' competition winner, Jack Townsend, 10 (left) with his friend and helper, Jack Randle, 10,  who received his winners certificates from Mayor and Mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn. SBC parks dept gardeners have planted out the winner's designs on Valley Road.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112427h    15/06/11

Scarborough in bloom 'Design A Flowerbed' competition winner, Jack Townsend, 10 (left) with his friend and helper, Jack Randle, 10, who received his winners certificates from Mayor and Mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn. SBC parks dept gardeners have planted out the winner's designs on Valley Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112427h 15/06/11

“If we can get them interested in gardening and being outdoors at an early age that can only be a good thing.”

The fabulous designs can be seen beside Valley Road.

Scarborough in bloom 'Design A Flowerbed' competition winners, front, Abigail Bowes, 6 (left), Rhianna Cash, 11, and Jack Townsend, 10, with their helpers, back, Thomas Bowes, 9 (left), Libby Hickson, 11, and Jack Randle, 10, who received their winners certificates from Mayor and Mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn, and Roger Burnett, Scarborough Council Community Environment Manager. Looking on are the parks dept gardeners who have planted out the winner's designs on Valley Road.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112427a    15/06/11

Scarborough in bloom 'Design A Flowerbed' competition winners, front, Abigail Bowes, 6 (left), Rhianna Cash, 11, and Jack Townsend, 10, with their helpers, back, Thomas Bowes, 9 (left), Libby Hickson, 11, and Jack Randle, 10, who received their winners certificates from Mayor and Mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn, and Roger Burnett, Scarborough Council Community Environment Manager. Looking on are the parks dept gardeners who have planted out the winner's designs on Valley Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112427a 15/06/11