Daihatsu dealers in the West of England have got their fingers crossed for Cirencester Kingshill School in Gloucestershire, after it was picked as the regional champion in the Japanese car company’s nationwide competition for secondary schools to design a biodiversity garden for the world famous Chelsea Flower Show.
Charlotte Best, aged 15, from the school, at Kingshill Lane, Cirencester, created the winning design, which is now one of 14 regional finalists from around the UK in ‘The Daihatsu Green Garden’ competition. The overall winner will be announced in February.
More than 150 schools throughout the UK submitted entries, which were judged by a panel comprising experts from the RHS and Wildlife Trusts.
The overall winning design will be built at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in May, where it will sit alongside other world-class creations by renowned professionals and some household names, such as television gardener Diarmuid Gavin.
Daihatsu, which is a Founding Corporate Patron to the RHS, will also present the overall winning school with a £6,000 grant towards creating a biodiversity area of its own.
As well as helping the RHS in its drive to encourage greater awareness of biodiversity among Britain’s gardeners, the competition theme of biodiversity also reflects the greener nature of Daihatsu’s range of compact cars.
Daihatsu Managing Director, Andrew Edmiston, said: "We have been deeply impressed with the high standard of all the entries. We wish all 14 regional finalists the very best of luck and we are looking forward to seeing the winning garden at Chelsea in May."Published 31 January 2004