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There was a record number of entries at the Lochaber Rural Education Trust Junior Gardening Show at the Lochaber Rural Complex on Saturday August 31.
It was the ninth outing for the annual event, and there was an impressive show of flowers and vegetables despite this year’s wet weather. Groups from local schools produced a wonderful selection of entries for each age group, entering vegetables grown from the seed to supper project, and artwork with rainbow and animal pictures.
After judging was completed, people were welcomed in to look around and enjoy a cup of tea and home baking, with organisers only asking for donations with no entry cost.
Isabel Campbell, whose passion brought the whole project to life, was presenting prizes with Kenny McGraham. She was overjoyed at the entries and the participation this year, announcing: ‘We have been doing this since 2010 and this year is by far the best.’
She thanked parents and schools for their participation, sharing how stories of groups from schools who had worked hard during school visits to grow and produce the range of vegetables seen.
Keen to educate children about food and rural life, the team at the centre are grateful for the support and participation of the community. Stories of how local people and businesses had been able to help and provide for the different projects made this event one which gave the opportunity to thank many people and remind people of all the things the team can provide.
The judges from Inverness and Invergarry commented on the high standard of the entries and had a difficult task, especially in the impressive rainbow picture class. This class was particularly special as they were in memory of volunteer Mairi Maclean.
Inverlochy Primary School and St Columba’s RC Primary School both attended the garden project which lasted 16 weeks and taught the children about the food they eat and how to grow them. Both schools also took part in the Seed to Supper project were competing for the United Auctions Cup, with Inverlochy securing the most points.
All money raised during the event goes to support the seed to supper project and enables children to come to the centre and learn about rural life.
Best Vegetable Exhibit: Giorgio Berardelli, Lochaber High School
Best Flower Exhibit: Lily Robertson, Gaelic School
Best exhibit age five and under: Lucas Wink, Banavie Nursery
Best exhibit age seven and under: Evie Campbell, Spean Bridge PS
Best exhibit age nine and under: Liam Donaldson, St. Columba’s RC PS
Best exhibit age 11 and under: Marcus Campbell, St. Columba’s RC PS
Best exhibit secondary school: Logan Spence, Lochaber High School
The Marie MacLean Memorial “Rainbow” competition
Special Prize Class 3: Lenny Martin, Spean Bridge Nursery
Special Prize Class 6: Lily Cant, Banavie PS
Special Prize Class 9: Martin Alvarvez, St. Columba’s
Special Prize Class 12: Kai Mathieson, Banavie PS
Special Prize Class 15: Logan Spence, LHS
Decorated Rainbow Cake: Lynsey Rowsell
The Marie MacLean Memorial Trophy: Kai Mathieson, Banavie PS
Giggles Childcare Trophy (nursery with most points): Inverlochy Nursery
United Auctions Trophy (Primary School with most points): Inverlochy.
The Linda Campbell Wooden Spoon (lady with most points): Isabel Campbell.
The Isabel Campbell Tankard (man with most points): Tommy MacKnight.
by Lucy Tedham
A colourful display surrounds the prizewinners at the show. Photo: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO F37 Rural complex garden 01
Winner of the ‘Arrangement in a Teacup’ Lucy Tedham with her daughter, Pippa. Photo: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO F37 Rural complex garden 02
Visitors are impressed by the many primary school exhibits. Photo: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO F37 Rural complex garden 03
Tommy MacKnight with his tankard. Photo: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO F37 Rural complex garden 05
Georgio Berardelli with his Best In Show basket of vegetables. Photo: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO F37 Rural complex garden 06