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16 July 2015

Junior fans enter competition to design a 'Bee Hotel'

Huddersfield Town is delighted to announce the winners of the Bee Hotel Challenge in association with Syngenta and the Royal Horticultural Society are Chickenley Community J, I & N School and Ravenshall School!

As part of the HTAFC School Partnership scheme, the Club has been running a competition in local schools for children to design a bee friendly habitat where pollinating insects can feed off flowering plants – with a theme of blue and white flowers!

20 schools entered the competition and the children have been busy designing their creations since March; see all their designs on the gallery above.

The entries were judged on their uniqueness, overall design and layout, educational value, sustainability, the wow factor, choice of flowering plants and special features.

Designs ranged from blue and white striped wheelbarrows, football pitches, a ‘Boothy bee hotel’, football boots, ponds, honeycomb structures and even a John Smith’s Stadium inspired banana truss!

HTAFC Ambassador Andy Booth commented: 

“I would like to say a huge well done to all our school partners involved in the ‘Bee Hotel Challenge’. 

“There were some absolutely fantastic entries and it was so difficult to pick a winner, so we ended up with two; Chickenley Community J, I & N School and Ravenshall School.  Both school’s designs had all the elements the judges were looking for, their designs were unique, eye-catching, environmentally friendly and they even had a footballing theme!

“I hope all the children enjoyed learning more about the environment through the project and I look forward to seeing as many of them at future Town games as possible. I would also like to thank both Syngenta and the Royal Horticultural Society for making the project possible.”

Carl Sykes, Community Partnerships Manager at Syngenta, added: 

“I have spoken to many teachers who took on board the challenge for their school and they tell me it has been a terrific education project for the children, bringing together the importance of plants and pollinating insects.”

Libby Goodacre, RHS Regional Development Manager, commented: 

“The Bee Hotel designs and creativity expressed by children taking part have been of a very high standard. It has been a great way for children to get involved hands on with planting seeds and growing plants, whilst learning about pollinating insects.”

Chickenley Community J, I & N School and Ravenshall School’s Bee Hotels will both be displayed at PPG Canalside, HTAFC’s training ground, for visitors to the site to enjoy, and both schools will enjoy a trip to RHS Garden Harlow Carr for an educational workshop, with travel kindly provided by Stotts Coaches. All schools involved in the project will receive tickets to a HTAFC home game during the 2015/16 season.

For more information on the HTAFC School Partnership supported by Syngenta which is totally FREE to join, click HERE.

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