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Schools who have entered this year’s Ryde in Bloom competition got a head start recently by learning how to sow seeds by one of the local allotment tenants, George Rollason.

Ryde Town Council’s Allotments Officer, Shona Parnell, and Ryde South Councillor, Karen Lucioni, held a schools Ryde in Bloom launch event at Aspire Ryde last month. Here local children learnt how to sow seeds and were also treatedto an interesting talk on bees by Elizabeth Van Wyk, a bee keeper and allotment tenant in Ryde.

This event was kindly supported by Tesco and was organised with help from Jan Gibson, the Community Champion, by providing seeds, soil and other equipment for the morning.

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Representatives from Haylands Primary School, Dover Park Primary School and Fiveways attended the launch.

‘Ryde in Bloom’ is an opportunity for gardeners, and those that are concerned about the environment, to brighten up their gardens and community spaces and possibly win prizes! It’s not just about flowers – judges are looking for environmentally-friendly, attractive and sustainable planting.

This year’s theme for the schools Ryde in Bloom competition is ‘Healthy Eating & Healthy Living’ and to create an allotment style garden.

Ryde in Bloom 2019 entry forms featuring new categories will be available from the Ryde Town Council office early next week, or you can download the entry form from the Ryde Town Council website. Alternatively, you can download the form by clicking here. Entry is free. The closing date for entries will be Friday 28th June 2019.


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