Pupils from Parkland Junior, Roselands Infant, Cavendish Primary, Bede’s Prep, Pashley Down Infant and Parkland Infant schools presented their carpet garden designs at the on-line Wild Coast Sussex In-Bloom’ finals on Friday 12th March.

This annual In-Bloom event, now celebrating 27 years, was organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in conjunction with Eastbourne Borough Council, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Marine Conservation Society. Local primary schools were tasked with producing three themed carpet garden designs and supporting curriculum work for judging.

The competition theme enabled pupils to explore the Wild Coast Sussex project being led by Sussex Wildlife Trust to “champion the rare and precious marine wildlife found locally, highlighting the extraordinary kelp forests, seahorses and rays once abundant in Sussex which could recover and thrive if given a second chance”. The competition theme provided lots of ideas for learning and creativity during home pupil’s learning. The finals also coincided with the start of British Science Week.

Cllr Steve Wallis, Mayor, said afterwards, “I was very impressed by the work that the schools had done. Judging the different entries from each school was very hard. Congratulations to Pashley Down Infant School for their brilliant winning seahorse design that will be planted at Holywell in June”.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to contribute a carpet garden design for the town once again. The standard of entries from the schools was as high as always”, commented Faiza Shafeek, chair of Eastbourne EBP.

Sussex Wildlife Trust and UpCountry Stone Cross helped with judging and kindly provided prizes for the schools. Winner’s prizes were provided by Brighton Sea Life Centre and certificates provided by Firebrand Design. Sadly, no tea and cakes afterwards this year due to lockdown – bring on 2022.