Myerscough student design wins two gongs at Southport Flower Show

Myerscough College enjoyed a double celebration at last week's Southport Flower Show after a garden won two top awards.

The student team from the college in Preston scooped the Large Gold Medal and People’s Choice Award for their 2012 show garden, created by garden design student Louis Nugus.

His design was built by college staff members Nick Atkinson and James Fayre and college apprentices including John Taylor, a training landscape designer working with Fylde Borough Council.

This success followed a Silver Gilt Medal in 2011, while wowed visitors to this year’s show secured the design a People’s Choice Award for the first time. Nick Atkinson and a team of apprentice landscapers took two weeks to build and six months to plan the design.

Atkinson said: "We’ve been planning the design and construction of the garden since January so winning two awards means our hard work and dedication has paid off. We had a small budget compared to most gardens, so winning makes it even more special.

"Now we’ve won the top awards in the small garden category I’m hoping next year we can enter the large garden category and really set the students a challenge."

The garden also received celebrity endorsements following visits by stars of Coronation Street, actors David Neilson and Patti Clare, as well as BBC Gardeners’ World expert and Myerscough alumni Christine Walkden.

College principal Ann Turner said: "Out thanks go to Nick, James and the rest of the team for their tremendous hard work, and Louis for designing such a magnificent garden."

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