Prize-winning display chosen after school wheelbarrows roll into Bromley town centre

PUBLISHED: 14:30 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:26 19 July 2017

Parish Church of England Primary School won the public vote for best wheelbarrow after the display in Bromley Market Square

Parish Church of England Primary School won the public vote for best wheelbarrow after the display in Bromley Market Square


Two dozen primary schools took part in the competition

Thousands of shoppers have cast their vote to decide their favourite floral display after a competition in Bromley town centre.

Schools from across the borough rolled out 24 wheelbarrow-based entrants aimed at reflecting the character of each entrant.

Each primary school involved took a different angle on the competition, with some picking flowers for school colours while others tried to reflect a particular strength of the school.

The displays have been available to view in the Market Square since Friday, July 7.

On Tuesday, Bromley’s Blooming Barrows organisers Your Bromley announced Parish Church of England Primary School had won the public’s vote, after judges had picked winners for four other categories.

Victory for the school means they have earned a £100 prize to be spent in any shop that is part of the town’s business improvement district.

“The money will go straight back into our gardening club,” said head teacher Rachel Coleman.

“It’s a brilliant result, our pupils worked for weeks on their design, which reflected our school values by using flowers representing things like joy and love.

“This year our teaching assistants Jenny Marchant and Joe Shaw have really inspired the children by encouraging the gardening club, we’ve got our vegetable patch and a rosebed the children are planting.

“We have a piece of barren land that will soon be our quiet area, so the children are really excited to create such a green environment.”

Altogether more than 4,000 people cast their vote for the competition via a ballot box in Market Square and an online poll on the Your Bromley website.

Manager at Your Bromley, Frances Forest, said: “We have been delighted with the response to the wheelbarrow competition, from the schools, the public and the businesses of Bromley, and are looking forward to planning next year’s event.”

Before the public chose its favourite entrant, a judging panel made up of representatives from Your Bromley and Coolings Garden Centre selected four winners in St Paul’s Cray Primary School for best use of theme, Worsley Bridge Primary School for most creative design, Warren Road Primary School for best horticultural display and Raglan Primary School for best use of colour.

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