Schools in Huddersfield are blooming marvellous!

Many have created show-stopping floral displays to wow crowds from across the globe flocking to the town for the Tour de France.

And the prize-winning displays from Holmfirth High School and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary, Birkby, have now been rewarded with prizes.

They will give up to six children from each school the once-in-a-life time to catch the world’s best cyclists on stage at the biggest ever Team Presentation ceremony on July 3 at the first direct arena, Leeds, along with a share of £500 in gardening vouchers.

Judges from Syngenta, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Royal Horticultural Society were so impressed with the quality of entries they decided to declare the schools as joint winners.

The three organisations gifted seeds, know-how and vouchers to help schools across the region celebrate the arrival of the Grand Départ this summer by Turning Yorkshire Yellow.

Some 240 Yorkshire schools lining the race route were each given a share of 120,000 seeds of Antirrhinum Majus Arrow Yellow, a yellow flowering snapdragon, and asked to use their surroundings and the best of Yorkshire as inspiration for the competition.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The judges were so impressed with the quality of the entries we felt it was only fair to select two winners – the schools’ creative use of colours and bicycles really showcases the best of the region and offers the warmest of welcomes to the region”.

 

Carl Sykes, Community Relations Manager from Syngenta in Huddersfield, said: “Syngenta is a world leader in seeds and crop protection and we are very proud to support the Grand Départ in Yorkshire through this educational competition. The displays from schools which took part were stunning and to a very high standard, adding very much to the beauty of our region as we welcome the world’s biggest cycling race to Yorkshire.”

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