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Let’s Grow Preston win prize at Southport Flower Show

Posted on - 19th August, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Charities, Preston News
The Colonial style garden Pic: Steph Lees-Pinson
The Colonial style garden Pic: Steph Lees-Pinson

A Preston charity has triumphed at one of Britain’s biggest flower shows.

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Southport Flower Show gave a gold medal to Let’s Grow Preston and also awarded them the prize of best charity garden.

With no funding for their garden the charity, based in Ashton-on-Ribble, scrimped, begged and borrowed for equipment and volunteers.

Their Colonial Style garden called Let’s Take Tea caught the eye of the judges, and the crowds.

Visitors to Southport Flower Show looking round the garden Pic: Let's Grow Preston
Visitors to Southport Flower Show looking round the garden Pic: Let’s Grow Preston

Project development manager Annie Wynn who has led on creating the garden told Blog Preston: “I am absolutely delighted for all of the volunteers who have spend the last eight months planning, building, and executing this amazing garden. The feedback we have had from the public has been so positive.

“This is a great platform for us to be able to promote Let’s Grow Preston and the work that we do in the PR post code, from the holiday hunger project to gardening workshops.

“A special thank you to our sponsors Peter H Smith. Nick Smith, managing director, for his support and generosity.”

The garden was designed by city garden designer Belinda Belt.

Belinda trained at Myerscough College and put her horticultural and design skills to good use for Let’s Grow.

She said: “I think working together in Preston we can develop and enhance green spaces and become a greener city in future.

“This will create a great ecological environment for the future of Preston.”

Some of the Let's Grow team with their best charity garden prize Pic: Let's Grow Preston
Some of the Let’s Grow team with their best charity garden prize Pic: Let’s Grow Preston

Broadcaster and Southport Flower Show judge Matthew Wilson said:”We Felt the Let’s Grow Preston entry really caught the mood of a colonial garden of 90 years ago.

“We loved the attention to detail and touches like the stack of planted suitcases, along with the exotic tropical planting.”

Flower Show general manager Ray Roukin said: “It’s been a fantastic 90th year for the show and the standard of the gardens and displays this year have been exceptional.”

The Colonial garden at the Southport Flower Show
The Colonial garden at the Southport Flower Show

Read more: Creating green spaces and saving lives, what Let’s Grow Preston does for the city

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