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Crawley garden centre asks residents to ‘Name the Rose’

Haskins’ popular ‘Name the Rose’ competition is back and will see the winning rose go on sale to the public.

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To celebrate one of the UK’s favourite flowers, Haskins Garden Centre has re-launched an exclusive ‘Name the Rose’ competition across all four of its centres.

The competition, which is now open, closes on Saturday March 31. Crawley residents and Haskins customers are encouraged to visit haskins.co.uk/rose-of-the-year and fill in the entry form for the chance to win the rose and see the name used in all Haskins’ centres.

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This year’s rose is a scented floribunda with apricot coloured semi-double flowers. The rose produces sprays of flowers from June to September, growing up to heights of 1.5m. The variety is fully hardy and can handle full sun and partial shade. This particular rose grows on average 25 petals each.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, said:

“This was one of our most popular competitions last year, with over 400 entries and we are delighted to bring it back for 2018. The rose is such a versatile flower and means so many different things to people. Suiting any type of garden, the rose is grown in a vast amount of colours and varieties.”

The winner of the competition will be notified by the end of April and will be invited into their local centre and presented with the rose.

The garden centre group’s renowned Rose Festival returns from May 17 to July 26 and will see the winning rose go on sale to the public. Haskins will also sell 200 other types of roses, including the new range of roses from Peter Beales Roses and David Austin Roses.

Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins’ in-house plant expert, said:

“Roses are hungry plants that respond well to generous feeding. They grow well in almost any well drained soil and benefit from a mulch of well-rotted manure during the winter.

“To keep the rose in good condition, regular dead heading is advised. Ideally, roses should be planted in an area exposed to sunlight, but with partial shade.”

Haskins has centres in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton as well as Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. For more information visit www.haskins.co.uk

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Win a behind the scenes tour of Gatwick with national STEM competition

Gatwick Airport has invited schools nationwide to submit their best energy saving ideas as it launches a competition that awards the winning team a behind the scenes tour of the airport.

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A nationwide competition for secondary schools is being launched by London Gatwick via its ‘Learn Live’ online portal, challenging students to develop an effective energy saving idea, which could be implemented at the airport.

The aim of the competition is to encourage increased interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and will run in conjunction with the British Science Association’s CREST Awards scheme.

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The CREST Awards scheme is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work and encourages students to learn by solving a problem or answering a question, rather than simply following instructions or being presented with information.

Each school team that registers for the competition will also need to register separately for the CREST Bronze Award online and the first 20 teams that enter will have their registration fee for the Award paid for by the airport. There can be a maximum of one team from each school and 10 students in each team.

The students will receive specific instructions about how to submit their entry via the Learn Live video links, which are completely interactive and provide two-way communications. This will also provide the students with the unique opportunity to put their questions directly to airport engineering and technical staff, from their classroom, and receive immediate expert feedback on their ideas. The ideas can be anything from using a new low energy technology to how Gatwick could carry out a process in a more energy efficient way.

All entries will be displayed at the South East’s Big Bang Fair on the 27 and 28 June, which Gatwick is the headline sponsor for, and the winning team will be invited for a behind the scenes tour of the airport in July.

The competition forms part of Gatwick’s Community Engagement ‘Inform, Inspire, Invest’ education strategy, including partnerships with other STEM initiatives, such as the Big Bang Fair and Learn Live broadcasts.

To enter and find out more information, schools should register their interest before the 23 March by emailing: energychallenge@gatwickairport.com, stating their name, school and contact details.

The airport is also supporting the Government’s national ‘Year of Engineering 2018’ campaign, which is celebrating engineering and helping to raise its status as an aspirational career path among young people, their parents and teachers.

Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:

“Gatwick is proud to be hosting this national competition and we look forward to seeing as many schools take part as possible.

“STEM skills are required for a wide range of jobs at the airport and it is our aim to inform and inspire the next generation of young people to consider a career using these skills.”

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