Knaresborough in Bloom highlights schools competition


Knaresborough in Bloom Press story April 2016

Knaresborough in Bloom works closely with our Knaresborough schools.
Each year Knaresborough in Bloom runs a competition for our local schools where we ask them to design the flowerbed at Knaresborough Castle. This year the Design a Flowerbed competition is on the theme of “Space”. The bed will be planted in summer 2017 to commemorate sixty years since the launch of Sputnik, the first artificial Earth Satellite which was actually launched on 4th October 1957. The long lead in is because Harrogate Parks actually grow all their own plants from seed. We hope that the students of Knaresborough will enjoy researching Sputnik and the space age and come up with some exciting designs.
Another competition for our Knaresborough Schools is the RHS Young Herb Photographer of the Year. Knaresborough in Bloom is assisting with donations of bowls, seeds and compost and we hope that the students will enjoy cultivating many different herbs and then photographing them for both the RHS competition and for the Knaresborough in Bloom competition. The KIB competition will be a little less competitive! Our friends in the Knaresborough Horticultural Society are going to judge the photos and we will award prizes at our annual Awards Evening in September.
In addition, each year we invite the schools to enter the KIB local gardens competition where there is a special schools category. Year on year, the interest in school gardening is increasing.
Knaresborough in Bloom chair Christine Willoughby said “It’s great that we have such enthusiastic school gardeners. We’ve come a long way since KIB was relaunched in 2003 when we struggled to get much interest from the schools. Today schools appreciate the value of gardens, biodiversity and understanding where food comes from”.
Knaresborough in Bloom’s competitions continue to encourage a new generation of children to enjoy gardens and the outdoors.

Picture attached shows the produce from Aspin Park Community Primary School Gardeners Club entered in the KIB Local Gardens competition in July 2015.