More than 500 secondary schools from across the UK have entered a competition to design a garden for the world famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Japanese car company Daihatsu is staging the nation-wide competition for schools to design a biodiversity garden, to be called ‘The Daihatsu Green Garden’.

As well as seeing their design turned into a finished show garden at Chelsea in May 2004, the winning school will also receive a £6,000 grant from Daihatsu towards creating a biodiversity area of its own.

Schools across the nation are now busy creating their designs for the competition, the closing date for which is 15 December, 2003.

Each competing school can submit one design, which must be the work of one or more pupils aged 11 to 16. Eleven regional finalists will be named in January 2004, from which the overall winner will be named in February.

Daihatsu Marketing Director, Paul Tunnicliffe, said: "As a Founding Corporate Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, we are committed to supporting the society’s ongoing drive to raise awareness of the importance of encouraging biodiversity. It also reflects the greener nature of our range of compact cars.

"The Daihatsu Green Garden competition is aimed at helping to raise awareness of the key role all our domestic gardens can play in providing wildlife habitats."

Published : 10/11/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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