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Community efforts scoop 'Silver Gilt'

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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A group of volunteers from Stockton’s Preston Park Museum and Grounds have won a prestigious award at Harrogate Flower Show with their community garden entry.

The garden, named ParkMade: A Celebration, was awarded Silver Gilt in the community category at Harrogate Spring Flower Show last Thursday, 25 April.

Volunteers at Preston Park Museum and Grounds created a 5m x 5m show garden, Volunteers took inspiration from the historic Grade II listed museum and surround grounds to create the gardenThe garden features a diamond pattern of lettuce and traditional lavender, a silver tree sculpture designed and forged at Preston Park Museum and Grounds, willow animals and decorative edging, as well as a colourful display of home grown fruit and vegetables to represent the Park’s traditional kitchen garden.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture said: “Preston Park’s volunteers have worked extremely hard to create a beautiful award-winning garden, which celebrates traditional arts and craft skills. It is wonderful their commitment and efforts have been recognised at such a prestigious level. Congratulations to all the volunteers on a fantastic achievement.”

Following months of planning and preparation, the volunteers spent a week building the garden at Harrogate Show Ground with support from Stockton Council staff.

Anyone interested becoming a volunteer at Preston Park, in the Walled Kitchen Garden, or a range of other museum projects can contact the Preston Hall Museum Engagement Co-coordinator John-Robert Bowes on (01642) 526474 for details.

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