RNLI In Bloom competition winners see design planted

The winners are pictured with dignitaries to see thie winning design come to life

The winners are pictured with dignitaries to see thie winning design come to life

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Schoolchildren from Tollgate have put the finishing touches to an ornamental carpet garden they designed at Holywell.

They won the 19th RNLI In Bloom competition with their lifeboat inspired design and saw it planted last Friday at a ceremony also attended by teachers, lifeboat crewmen, members of the council’s landscape group and event sponsors Keepmoat.

Also present was Eastbourne’s mayor Mike Thompson, who helped choose the colourful contribution to the annual carpet garden displays along the seafront and praised the children for what he called their outstanding contribution.

The competition was open to all primary schools in the town and invited them to design a carpet garden with the winner seeing their project come to life.

Tollgates’ winning design will now be seen by hundreds of visitors and residents over the summer months.

Pupils from Langney Primary School were runners up in the competition and as a consolation prize were given a tour of Eastbourne lifeboat.

Competition organisers Eastbourne Education Business Partnership also revealed the Tollgate children received a letter from Her Majesty the Queen via her Lady-in-Waiting to say the monarch “was pleased to hear that the design is to be planted in mid-June in Holywell, and I feel sure that everyone will greatly enjoy seeing it”.

In a previous letter, the Queen also said that she liked what she called the splendid design very much and was glad to know the children enjoyed the considerable research they undertook to create it”.