Pupils’ blooming great carpet garden designs

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Eastbourne youngsters will present their carpet garden designs at the Towner In-Bloom finals today (March 13).

Pupils from Bede’s Prep, Wilingdon Primary, St. John’s Meads CE Primary and Moira House Junior Schools are taking part in the competition, which also marks the opening of the dedicated Eric Ravilious Room at the iconic gallery.

This annual in-bloom event, in its 21st year, is organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in conjunction with Eastbourne Borough Council.

Schools were invited to produce a carpet garden design and classroom work using the work of artist Eric Ravilious as the theme. Mayor, Cllr Janet Coles, will chair the judging.

The winning school will help Eastbourne Borough Council and staff from The Landscape Group to plant out their design at Holywell in June.

Clare Halstead, head of learning at the Towner said, “We are delighted to host this unique art competition and in particular to see Sussex artist Eric Ravilious as the inspiration for what should be some incredible new works of art by school children. “We know that arts and culture enriches the lives of children and young people: it stimulates creativity and makes for a more well-rounded society. Projects like this help us make the case for public investment in the arts.”

Steven Goss-Turner, chair of Eastbourne EBP, said, “We are very pleased to be working with the Towner this year and to have the opportunity to contribute a carpet garden design for the town once again.

“The standard of entries and the enthusiasm of the pupils are always high and we look forward to another enjoyable event.”