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27 January, 2020


Council’s Victory Garden competition winners announced


The winners of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Victory Garden competition have been announced at a special celebration event.

The Victory Garden initiative was first set up during WWI by the Ministry of Food to encourage people to grow their own food.

The contemporary competition was launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council to mark 2018 being the centenary of WW1.

Since the launch of the competition, schools across the borough have been busy planting seeds and caring for their vegetables and fruit.

The overall winner of a gold certificate was Dee Point Primary in Blacon, which impressed judges with a well-researched and attractively presented garden.

They also demonstrated clear plans for the future which include expanding the garden with the involvement of the local community.

Sliver certificates were awarded to Christchurch C of E Primary, Rivacre Valley Primary, Meadow Primary and Ashton Hayes Primary.

Cllr Louise Gittins, cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, said:  “The Victory Garden competition has been a wonderful success.

“The competition was a great way for schools to get involved in marking this year’s centenary of the First World War and creating a real community feel about the creation of a vegetable garden.

“Huge congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone who has taken part.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing the wonderful produce the gardens have produced.”

Associated celebration events included a presentation on food in WW1 by Dr Tim Grady from the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester and a performance of songs from WW1 by musician Matt Baker with his Remembrance Choir.