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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Themes of war and peace inspire Barrow pupils

A TEAM of pupils used their own school war memorial as inspiration for their commemorative garden which has reached the final of a competition.

Other finalists:
Walney pupils praised for their WW1 memorial garden
Millom School pupil is the one and only among finalists
Barrow school reaches final of garden competition for fourth year running
Dalton competition finalists have designs on prize

The group from Roose Primary School are finalists in the North-West Evening Mail’s First World War Commemorative Garden design competition, in association with Holker Garden Festival and Crooklands of Dalton.

The Year five children have a cenotaph with a clock in their 3D garden, as the war memorial at their Barrow school is a clock. They also have an air raid shelter, raised vegetable bed, pond with bridge and a dog.

The children wrote: “We want our garden to represent the war but also peace so we have planted poppies in the shape of 1914 and a heart to show that love is most important.”

On hearing they were through to the final, the pupils said: “It is good when we work at something and then something exciting happens at the end.”

Roose teacher Gaynor Stevens said: “The boys have worked really hard and did the research, planning and construction themselves. They wanted to include what they know about the war from remembrance services and they also found out new information such as the air raid shelter and garden for growing vegetables. They worked brilliantly together and it really encouraged team work. I am very proud of them and their achievements.”

This year the Evening Mail asked children to create a garden design as a 3D model or collage to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The Mail has been inundated with high-quality entries from students bidding to have their designs displayed at Holker Garden Festival between May 30 and June 1 and win top prizes courtesy of Crooklands of Dalton.

The judges were so impressed with the standard of the entries that they increased the number of finalists from three to five. Two schools were also highly commended.

The finalists are being invited to Holker Garden Festival on Saturday, May 31 where they will see their designs being exhibited in the Garden Theatre. They will attend a presentation revealing the overall winner and placings. Crooklands of Dalton will present the prizes, and the finalists will also receive certificates from Holker just like the other exhibitors at Holker, with the top garden being awarded Large Gold.

Each day this week we have introduced a finalist. Roose Primary School join Melissa Fletcher, of Millom School, Dane Ghyll Primary School, of Barrow, and Dalton St Mary’s CE Primary School in the final.

The finalists will also feature in the official Holker programme.

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