Harticulture show

BACKING: Selina Wilson, from Tesco Extra (left), with Cath McCluskey, from Rossmere Gardeners, and a selection of fresh vegetables
BACKING: Selina Wilson, from Tesco Extra (left), with Cath McCluskey, from Rossmere Gardeners, and a selection of fresh vegetables

GREEN-FINGERED allotment bosses are urging youngsters to enter a horticultural-themed art competition.

The Rossmere Allotment Association is due to host its annual show, which gives its members chance to show off their produce, next month.

This year organises have added a new twist with the launch of an art competition for children aged under 16.

A selection of the best creations will go on display at the show and the winners could be in line for a £25 cash prize.

Youngsters can use any material they like to create an A4-sized piece of art work with a horticultural theme.

Adult members and their child relatives will be displaying produce at the show, but the art competition is open to anyone.

Association secretary Cath McCluskey, who is a retired nurse, said: “It is our third show and they have always been very popular with members.

“It is always a lot of fun and I would urge people to come along and have a look.

“There are 27 categories in total, more than ever, so there is something for everyone.

“The annual show is a chance for the adult members and their younger relatives to show off their talents.

“The art competition is new this year.

“It is a chance for youngsters to express themselves on a range of green and environmental issues.”

There are two age categories for the competition; three to seven and eight to 16.

The best 20 from each group will go on display and the winner will receive a £25 cash prize and trophy courtesy of Tesco.

Youngsters entering the competition need to put their name, age and contact telephone number on the back of their entry.

The annual horticultural show will be held at the Jutland Road Community Centre on Saturday, August 27, between 11am and 4pm.

The show has received the backing of the Tesco Extra store, in Burn Road, which has sponsored the competition and will provide the prizes.

Mrs McCluskey added: “I would like to thank Tesco, and especially Selina Wilson, the community liaison officer, for their support.”

There will be a range of fruit and vegetables and jam stalls at the show plus crafts and competitions.

Rossmere Allotment Association, which has 35 members spread over 52 plots, is based off Brierton Lane.

For more information about the competition call Mrs McCluskey on 07986 548387.