A FLINTSHIRE town has shown a national competition how it has blossomed.

A judge from the Wales in Bloom competition visited Holywell to assess the town’s entry into the competition.

This year the contest not only rewards horticultural efforts, but also gives high praise to the community involvement and also to environmentally friendly projects ongoing in the area.

Cllr Lynda Carter, deputy mayor of Holywell, said: “Seeing the town in bloom is so lovely and I’m pleased at the response we have had from residents, schools and businesses as we all have a part to play in showing how beautiful Holywell is.

“I think it is nice that the competition also has a focus on community engagement and environmental projects, of which we have plenty in the town. Having a lovely space to live in that cares about the environment is something the people of Holywell should be proud of.”

To begin, the judge was taken on a tour of the town as flowers bloomed; including visits to local primary schools Ysgol Maes-y-Felin and Ysgol Maesglas - the winner of the town council’s best school competition due to their persistence in the face of vandalism and also the drive on eco-friendly projects by the children themselves.

The school offered the judge and the Leader a tour of the school’s outdoor learning environment, made with mainly recycled and repurposed materials – from a sensory trail made of tyres to a newly-installed mud kitchen built from wooden pallets.

The children were also keen to show off their school chicken coop, that produces around six to 12 eggs per day, with a group of chicks that the children help to care for during the school days.

Ysgol Maesglas also have a shed full of material that children can access to come up with new and innovative ways of play and a garden filled with bee-friendly wildflowers.

Kim Hiller, the school’s nursery teacher, said: “It is brilliant to see the children so involved and wanting to take ownership of the schemes. We have had numerous incidents of vandalism that always put a damper on things that we work so hard on, but our philosophy is to not let them win, we will just keep going and do it all again.

“From the chickens at the front of school to the vegetable and flowers planted around the building, it really is all down to the efforts of the children and they totally deserve this award from the town council.

“It is important that we manage to get the children enjoying the outdoors as sometimes, it can be easy for the new technology of iPads and PlayStations to take over. From the initiatives we have promoted in school, some pupils have started taking ownership of their household recycling or even started their own vegetable garden at home. It is fabulous.”

The tour returned to the High Street and Tower Gardens area, taking in the hanging baskets and street planters adopted by businesses before stepping into the historic Panton Place, displaying the work of the community living in the area which is in the running for the national ‘Your Neighbourhood’ title.

The street was lined with plant pots and quirky decorations and residents were keen to show this off with pride to the Wales in Bloom judge.

A part of the tour, the judge also saw St WInefride’s Holy Well, Greenfield Valley Heritage Park and the Greenfield Industrial Park’s recycling centre to name but a few.

The results of the competition are due to be revealed in the autumn.