Town & Country glove design winners announced

Town & Country has awarded schoolchildren prizes for the best designs for gloves, including one for Leicester City FC.

The "Design Your Own Gardening Glove" Competition was first piloted in Leicestershire in March 2016. Some 545 entries were received in the three months that it ran and a panel of five met to choose a winner.

The winning design was created by Jawzi Jawhir of Mellor Community School in Leicester.

The competition was so successful that Town & Country decided to take it nationwide.  Between March - June 1,856 entries were received.

Skinny Jean Gardeners, School Coordinator for My Edible School Stephen Kiernan, BBC2 'The Big Allotment Challenge' Winner Rob Smith, HTA Chief Executive Carol Paris, CEO of the Bumblebee Society Gill Perkins, Product Development Manager at Thompson & Morgan Young Plants Michael Perry, Marketing Manager for Kent and Stowe Natalie Searle and Marketing and PR Executive for Town and Country Andrea Litchfield judged.

Winner was Aiden Dev Parmar from Leicestershire.

The winning gloves will be showcased at this year’s Glee and will be available in participating garden centres and via the website from January 2017 onwards.

Meanwhile, Town & Country ran a competition that invited the pupils of 42 Leicestershire schools to design a children’s gardening glove which will be go across the UK from January 2017 onwards.

Designs included rainbows, messages of anti bullying, gardening tools and Leicester City Football club plus many more.

Children made designs for Leiceter City mascot Filbert the Fox along with their groundsmen.

The chosen design came from seven year old George Sharpe of Glebelands Primary School.

Leicester City head groundsman John Ledwidge said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the youngsters for their involvement in designing these brilliant gloves and I look forward to wearing them at work. As a child I always dreamt of becoming a footballer, but the older I got and mainly down to me not quite making the grade, I was determined to stay in football. I first got into groundsmanship at the age of 13 and it opened my eyes to what a great career path there is within football apart from just becoming a footballer. I instantly fell in love with the industry from the moment I stepped onto the pitch and haven’t looked back since. The initiative with the young children designing these gloves offers them a great insight into our industry and hopefully some of them can get into Groundsmanship or gardening and be the future Head Groundsman at Leicester City FC or enjoy the industry as much as I have so far." 

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