Young artists celebrate blooming borough

Release Date: 25 April 2017

A poster designed by a young artist from Lady Eleanor Holles School has been chosen to promote Richmond in Bloom 2017.

At a judging ceremony last Friday, Whelan Chang, age 12, from The Lady Eleanor Holles, was announced as this year’s overall winner.

Hundreds of posters were submitted, each were as colourful and eye-catching as ever. The overall winning poster will be used to publicise the upcoming Merit Awards Gardening Competition run by Richmond Borough in Bloom.

The competition was judged across five age groups, with a winner and two runner-up's in each group, being awarded a prize of commemorative certificate and art materials. The overall winner was chosen from the top five finalists.

All the award winning paintings will be on public viewing as part of the exhibition in June at the Landmark Arts Centre.

The event was organised by Richmond Council in partnership with Richmond Borough in Bloom. The Mayor, Cllr David Linnette, headed up the judging panel. He was assisted Lucy Kourpas (Director of Finance for Achieving for Children), Colin Squire (Squire’s Garden Centre), local graphic designer Susan Hare, and Sheena Harold and Pat Schooling from the Richmond Borough in Bloom Committee.

Cllr David Linnette, said:

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to judge this year’s Richmond in Bloom poster competition, with children and young people in the borough showing their artistic talents and love of Richmond’s greenery. The entries were both bright and beautiful and I would like to thank all who participated and congratulate all of this year’s winners”

Chair of Richmond Borough in Bloom, Pat Schooling, added:

“We were thrilled that once again we received hundreds of entries for this annual competition, with the standard of entries as exceptional as ever! When judging we always look out for artistic flair but also entries that show an appreciation for flowers and the natural environment and we think that the award-winning paintings show both!”

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Updated: 28 April 2017