Wheelbarrow garden winners

Joseph Bulmer

ECO-friendly youngsters from more than 30 North Devon schools wheeled out a range of colourful and imaginative displays for a wheelbarrow gardens competition run by BJ Value House stores.

The children’s barrows were displayed at the BJ stores in Barnstaple and Bideford and voted on by more than 1,300 customers.

Winners in Barnstaple were Ashleigh Road Primary School, whose youngsters transformed their wheelbarrow into a floral Ilfracombe lifeboat.

Children at the school submitted ideas and the lifeboat put forward by young Keziah Stone was chosen. The children had been talking about lifeboats in school and staff member Sarah Parris has a brother Mark Tucker in the Ilfracombe crew.

Brayford School took second place and Sticklepath were third.

A similar competition in Bideford was won by East-the-Water Primary School with their Gnomeio and Juliet entry.

Second were Woolsery Brownies and third Appledore Primary School.

The winning entrants each received a �100 BJs voucher, with �75 for the runners-up and �50 for the third placed entries to help with their eco- projects – plus an offer from Barnstaple store manager Paul Howard of gardening advice for the eco-teams.

Michael Ford, owner of BJ Value House stores, said: “The competition formed part of a long term plan to educate children in the growing of food and to show them that gardening can be fun and achievable in a small space. The entries were innovative and entertaining and were enjoyed by staff and customers alike.”