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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Ulverston pupils design fitting tribute to war heroes

PUPILS combined their ideas of their own “special place” to produce a peaceful memorial garden which has made it to the final of a top contest.

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Pupils from Sandside Lodge 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.

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 Key Stage Three group at Sandside, in Ulverston, produced a garden model which features a memorial woodland with bluebells, a meadow with poppies, a fish and chips pond with water lillies, a pathway which represents trenches, with gold sedum and a shelter.

The group’s garden description says: “We used our ideas from our special place gardens to design and make a memorial garden for the people who lost their lives. We thought about the soldiers all being different like our miniature gardens.”

Ahead of announcing the news to the pupils, Sheila Mitton, a class teacher at Sandside, said: “It’s brilliant, the young people will be so excited. They were very proud of their finished garden design. The group will be excited to go to Holker.”

The Mail has been inundated with high-quality entries from pupils 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.

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.

Sandside Lodge School join Roose Primary School, of Barrow Melissa Fletcher,of Millom School, Dane Ghyll Primary School, of Barrow, and Dalton St Mary’s CE Primary School in the final.

Highly Commended are Sir John Barrow Primary School, of Ulverston, and Walney School.

The finalists will also feature in the official Holker programme.

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