School Picture Competition

Local School picture competition

We recently hosted a childerens picture painting competition for the local schools to raise money as part of our ongoing centenary celebrations. The final presentation took place on the, 24th February.

There were 9 local schools that took part and over 81 paintings/pictures submitted, each picture depicting an interpretation of ‘My Garden’ along with Everton Nurseries logo and celebrating the centenary.  The competition was split into 3 categories, years 1 & 2, years 3 & 4 and years 5 & 6.

There were prizes for 1st place as well as for runner ups. In addition the Nursery gave each school who had a 1st place winner a cheque for £500.00.  The winners, who won a selection of gardening tools and seeds, also won a family ticket to Marwell Zoological Park.  The runner-ups won some hand tools and seeds.

Tim Bell of the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) who was on the judging panel along with 2 of the Directors, Toby Collyer and Maria Currie, said “I was hugely impressed with the hard work which all the children had put into their competition entries to celebrate the centenary at Everton Nurseries.  The standard was extremely high, and the entries plentiful, which never makes a judge’s life easy!  I was really taken with all the great ideas which the children included, such as greenhouses, BBQ’s, ponds and even the odd scooter!  There was a huge array of bright flowers on show, demonstrating clearly just how much the children enjoy their outdoor spaces.  For me, it was a real privilege to be able to be a part of this fantastic occasion.  My heartfelt thanks go out to the children, parents, and schools.  And of course, to the team at Everton for pulling it all together to mark their amazing milestone.”

Maria Currie said “that following conversations with a couple of the school representatives after the presentation, it is clear that the prize money is going to be used for outside projects, whether it be for an after-school club’s outside area, or for growing vegetables/fruit with the children, but also that the children were being involved in the decision making on how it was to be spent, which is fantastic and exactly what we’d hoped for”

The winning pictures and those of the runners up are displayed below and by the main entrance into the garden centre, with many of the other pictures being displaying within the Centre.