Children design flowerbeds

Some of  the winners
Some of the winners
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Schoolchildren will see their designs turned into flowerbeds in the city centre after triumphing in a competition.

As part of the annual Leeds in Bloom Awards, eight winners were chosen for their designs in the aged four to 16 ‘Design an Edible Flowerbed’ and ‘Flowerbed’ categories.

More than 1,000 children entered the competition.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for parks, said: “The designs that we receive from young people in our Edible Flowerbed and Flowerbed competitions really are of the highest standard, and choosing the final winners has once again proved to be an extremely difficult task. It was a real honour therefore for us to be able to meet all of our eight winners at Leeds Civic Hall and have the opportunity to present them with their individual awards, which are richly deserved.

“Leeds has a thriving in bloom network and judging by the talent we are seeing through competitions such as these, we can be very confident that the next generation of green fingered residents will ensure that as a city we continue to hit the heights.”

The Edible Flowerbed competition winners were Aneesah Sharaz, 11, from Alwoodley Primary School and five-year-old Elin Liddle from Guiseley Primary School. Victorious in the Flowerbed competition were: Jenny Wong, 11, of Beechwood Primary School; Rosie French, seven, of Deighton Gates Primary School; Megan Dinsdale, six, of Yeadon Westfield Infants School; Tyler Phelan, six, of Kippax Greenfield Primary School; Abigail Birtwhistle, 10, of Great Preston Primary School and Jessica Keech, nine, of West End Primary School. Celsian Education and Evans Property Group Ltd are sponsoring the council’s flowerbeds.