A yellow ‘Tour’ de force from The Whartons schoolchildren

From left are Poppy, Carl Sykes (Syngenta), Nathan and Poppy’s sister Amber

From left are Poppy, Carl Sykes (Syngenta), Nathan and Poppy’s sister Amber

First published in News

Otley schoolchildren are creating eye-catching floral displays to welcome Tour de France spectators this summer.

The Whartons Primary School is contributing to the Turning Yorkshire Yellow project by planting hundreds of yellow-flowering snapdragons.

Pupils will begin creating their Tour de France inspired display, using 500 seeds donated by Syngenta – working with Welcome to Yorkshire and the Royal Horticultural Society – next week.

The Whartons is one of hundreds of schools in towns along the Tour’s route who are taking part in the scheme to celebrate the cycling race’s Grand Depart on Saturday, July 5.

The school that comes up with the most creative design will win six tickets to the Tour’s Team Presentation – a chance to see the riders on stage at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on Thursday, July 3.

The competing schools can also win up to £500 in gardening vouchers.

Chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Gary Verity, said: “The Grand Depart provides Yorkshire with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase what the county has to offer and highlight the pride we have in our schools.

“We understand the benefits of attractive places and what better way to pass this knowledge on to the next generation, with the help of the Syngenta.

“If the children want to create a purple polka dot display, it’s entirely up to them. Their only limit is their imagination.”

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