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Woodside Plant Centre near Ancrum held an innovative competition over the October holidays for primary school children to create something interesting out of an old terracotta plant pot.

Pupils at Ancrum, Parkside and Howdenburn primary schools took part and plant shop manager Denise Scott visited each school to explain the idea. Children then brought back their creations over the half-term break.

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Woodside owner Emma Emmerson said: “We invited local minister Frank Campbell to judge. We had 37 entries, all to a very high standard with ideas such as candle holders, birdbaths, a bird feeder, a spider and many more.”

As part of Woodside Apple Week, Emma and daughter Sarah organised an afternoon of apple-themed activities. “The children really enjoyed themselves despite the rain,” said Sarah

Garden tool suppliers Burgon & Ball provided children’s tools as prizes.

1. Felicity Cromarty (eight years old), hot air balloon; 2. Ella Keating (five), lighthouse; 3. Kayley Heard (seven), penguin. Highly commended: Tyler Wilkinson (five) dragon’s cave; Poppy Webb (seven) hedgehog home; Nathan Young (eight).his golden dalek.

Woodside will be organising more children’s competitions and activities, so if you would like your children or your school to get involved email Emma at emma@woodsidegarden.co.uk

The prizewinners are pictured, from left, Kayley Heard, Felicity Cromarty and Ella Keating.