Deadline approaching for flowerbed competitions

Caption: The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray and Lady Mayoress Edna Murray, with a previous winner of the flowerbed competition, Lily Young from Drighlington Primary School.

Time is running out for young people aged 4-16 to submit their entries for the Leeds in Bloom flowerbed competitions.

Closing on March 31 2014, six lucky winners in each category will see their designs for a flowerbed or edible flowerbed displayed in a city centre location, and also receive an invite to the annual In Bloom awards where individual prizes and certificates will be awarded by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray. Also included as part of the prizes on offer, is the opportunity for the young people to claim £300 of nursery vouchers for their school.

Leeds has a thriving In Bloom network with over 50 groups in communities across the city that contributes to over 1300 floral displays. Last year, as part of Yorkshire in Bloom, Leeds was named as the winner of the ‘Large City’ category, and was also awarded The Yorkshire Rose Chairman’s award which recognises a community that has made outstanding efforts to promote all aspects of the different ‘In Bloom’ campaigns.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said:

"We are extremely fortunate to have a thriving In Bloom network in Leeds, and this a great opportunity for our young people to showcase their skills by designing a flowerbed or edible flowerbed which if selected, will be planted in the city centre.

"The lucky winners will also have the chance to receive a prize from the Lord Mayor at the In Bloom annual awards, and if this was not enough, they could also win £300 of nursery vouchers for their school."

Notes to editors:

For information on how to enter contact:

Floral Initiatives Office

Parks and Countryside

Farnley Hall

Farnley Park

Hall Lane

Leeds LS12 5HA

email richard.gill@leeds.gov.uk

Telephone 0113 237 5301

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk