Hard work pays off for youngsters

WINNERS Front from left, Jenna Gunter, Kaylee Watson and Kara Burgess. Back from left, Matt Wakefield , Sylvie Hasson and Mike Taylor
WINNERS Front from left, Jenna Gunter, Kaylee Watson and Kara Burgess. Back from left, Matt Wakefield , Sylvie Hasson and Mike Taylor

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THREE budding young artists were awarded a bumper prize package in a design competition.

Kaylee Watson, four, and Jenna Gunter, eight, both from Fareham, and Kara Burgess, 10, from Gosport, won the competition, held in support and celebration of the town’s award winning Fareham in Bloom campaign.

The theme for next seasons Fareham in Bloom is Pastel Perfect and young shoppers, schoolchildren and members of various community clubs were invited to design a flowerbed in soft shades including lilac, pink and yellow.

A judging panel selected the best entry from each age group – five-and-under, six-to-eight-year-olds and nine-and-over.

The winners were presented with a gift bag from The Works.

Overall winner Kaylee was selected to have her creation come to life on a floral bed in the public gardens near to Waterstones.

Matt Wakefield, Fareham Borough Council’s horticultural development officer, said: ‘We upped the stakes with Fareham Shopping Centre’s annual competition to support Fareham in Bloom this year and I’m delighted with the huge amount of hard work, time and creativity that has gone into all of the designs.’

The three prize winners will be presented with certificates at the Fareham in Bloom civic awards evening on Friday, September 14 where overall winner Kaylee will also be presented with her trophy.

Shoppers will be able to see the winning entries on display in the Centre by Burger King for a year.

The competition was run by Fareham Shopping Centre.