Monday, 10 March 2014
Caption: The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray and Lady Mayoress Edna Murray, with a previous winner of the flowerbed competition, Lily Young from Drighlington Primary School.
Time is running out for young people aged 4-16 to submit their entries for the Leeds in Bloom flowerbed competitions.
Closing on March 31 2014, six lucky winners in each category will see their designs for a flowerbed or edible flowerbed displayed in a city centre location, and also receive an invite to the annual In Bloom awards where individual prizes and certificates will be awarded by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray. Also included as part of the prizes on offer, is the opportunity for the young people to claim £300 of nursery vouchers for their school.
Leeds has a thriving In Bloom network with over 50 groups in communities across the city that contributes to over 1300 floral displays. Last year, as part of Yorkshire in Bloom, Leeds was named as the winner of the ‘Large City’ category, and was also awarded The Yorkshire Rose Chairman’s award which recognises a community that has made outstanding efforts to promote all aspects of the different ‘In Bloom’ campaigns.
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said:
"We are extremely fortunate to have a thriving In Bloom network in Leeds, and this a great opportunity for our young people to showcase their skills by designing a flowerbed or edible flowerbed which if selected, will be planted in the city centre.
"The lucky winners will also have the chance to receive a prize from the Lord Mayor at the In Bloom annual awards, and if this was not enough, they could also win £300 of nursery vouchers for their school."
Notes to editors:
For information on how to enter contact:
Floral Initiatives Office
Parks and Countryside
Leeds LS12 5HA
Telephone 0113 237 5301
For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Posted by Leeds City Council press office at 09:27
The apprentices, who all work for regeneration firm Keepmoat, were taking part in a full day of exercises designed to help them get to know their fellow apprentices better.
Twenty of the apprentices will be working on the major £198m Private Finance Initiative partnership between Leeds City Council and Keepmoat, which will see 1,245 council homes refurbished and 388 new council properties built.
Harehills resident Kwami Thompson, who has recently been taken on by Keepmoat as an apprentice plasterer on the PFI, said:
“This event has been great as I’ve been able to meet other apprentices who are further on with their training and I’ve learned a lot.”
Working in small teams, the apprentices were challenged to construct their pyramids using cane and rubber bands before joining forces at the end of the exercise and putting their creations together to form two giant structures.
The event took place during National Apprenticeship Week, which ran from March 3-7, and was one of a number of activities which took place across the city to celebrate the contribution that apprentices and their employers make to the local economy.
She said: “Seeing the enthusiasm and energy of the young people involved in this event really brought home what apprentices have to offer when they’re given the chance to get involved in large-scale projects like the housing PFI.
The housing PFI, which was agreed last summer, will help revitalize communities across the Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck areas.
Councillor Peter Gruen, the council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services, said:
Posted by Leeds City Council press office at 08:14