Thousands attend Flower Show

Published on: Friday, 14-August-2015

Thousands of visitors enjoyed an unforgettable summer weekend in Knowsley turning out to enjoy the good weather at the popular Knowsley Flower Show as well as new event the Knowsley Feelgood Festival.

The Feelgood Festival, on Saturday, August 8 at Court Hey Park, Huyton, was a chance for people to try out hobbies and activities designed to make them feel good, reduce stress and improve their sense of health and wellbeing.

Visitors to Court Hey Park enjoyed theatre performances, musicians, storytelling and comedy workshops. There was also the chance to try traditional hobbies and games such as knitting and egg and spoon races!

The first event of its kind in Knowsley, it was attended by around 3,000 people, with feedback from visitors being extremely positive.

The Flower Show, which took place across both Court Hey Park and the National Wildflower Centre, offered a packed day of family entertainment and an exceptionally high standard of entries exhibited in the showpiece Floral Marquee.

Foodies had plenty to choose from at the show’s biggest ever farmer’s market, there were bargains to be had for the green fingered visitors at the plant stalls, and the craft marquee was bursting with handcrafted items and gifts.

This year the show hosted its largest ever dance showcase which proved extremely popular, as did the St John’s Ambulance First Aid Challenge and the Army Reserves stand. All in all more than 23,000 people enjoyed the day.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “It was lovely to once again see so many people coming out to enjoy themselves in Knowsley, having a great weekend and taking part in both the Flower Show and the Feelgood Festival.

“The Flower Show is very much an established favourite in our events calendar but it was also good to do something slightly different this year with the Feelgood Festival. It’s great that so many people came along to find out what it was all about and that visitors of all ages got stuck in trying the different activities on offer on the day.”

You can see all the photographs from both events on the council’s Flickr page.

The date for next year’s Flower Show is already confirmed as Sunday, August 7. Make sure you have liked Knowsley Flower Show on Facebook for all the gardening tips and show information you will need!

The full list of winners this year is as follows:

The Arthur Jackson Master Gardener Class - Richard Burniston

 The Freda Gabrielsen Class - Helen Dolan

 Best in General Cut Flowers - Helen Dolan

 Best in Dahlias - Steve Burns

 Best in Roses - Alice and Tony Bracegirdle

 Best in Pot Plants - Chris Bright

 Best in Vegetables and Vegetable Society Silver Medal - Vinny Kilshaw

 Best in Novice - Maurice Maline

 Best Boy Exhibitor - Reuben Birchall

 Best Girl Exhibitor - Toni Woods

 Best in Children's Classes - Reuben Birchall

 A Special Award of a Child's Spade and Fork Set was made to Roby Park Primary School for their outstanding display at the show

The North of England Dahlia Association E.W Winterbottom Trophy forthe Best Dahlia Exhibit - Steve Burns

The Albert Sutcliffe Memorial Trophy for Most Points in Dahlia Classes - Steve Burns

The Ford Sports and Social Club Gardening Challenge Cup for Most Points in Vegetable Classes - Richard Burniston

The Jack Denson Rose Class - Alice and Tony Bracegirdle

The Merseyside Pot Leek Society Plaque for the Best Pot Leek Exhibit – Ron Hill

The Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal for the Most Points in the Show - Richard Burniston

The Knowsley Flower Show Trophy for the Best Exhibit in the Show - Helen Dolan