Winning Brownie Isabelle Pugh has been chosen as the best young garden designer around Bognor Regis.
Isabelle, 10, was judged to have created the most imaginative flower bed in this year’s contest by Bognor Regis in Bloom and the town’s Girlguiding district.
A record 210 entries were received as the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers aged from 5-13 took on the challenge of marking the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in flowers.
1st Pagham and Aldwick Brownie Isabelle said: “I’m really excited to win the competition. I used my imagination for the design.
“I created a half moon with craters in it. On the moon, I had someone planting a flag. I used grey and brown flowers for the moon, white for the astronaut and red and blue for the flag.
“I will be coming here to see my display when the flowers have bloomed.”
Isabelle’s entry has been reproduced in a flower bed at the mini-golf course in Waterloo Square by the town council’s Town Force and is about to bloom. They used about 500 verbena, lobelia, petunia, salvia, marigold and surfinia plants in the 10sq m plot.
Janet Erkiert, the district commissioner for Bognor Regis Guides, said: “The girls love the opportunity to join in and design a flower bed. It’s good for their community spirit and it uses their imaginations. They really enjoy it.”
The competition, which has been going for some 17 years, also showed them how to translate their designs on paper into the ground, she said.
Caroline Spencer, the Bognor Regis West district commissioner, said: “I would like to add my congratulations to Isabelle for her innovative design.”
Isabelle and other category winners were presented with their certificates and prizes at the mini-golf course by the town mayor, Cllr Phil Woodall.
He said: “Isabelle’s design looks amazing. It is good to see how Girlguiding gets involved in the competition. It was very difficult to choose an overall winner because the standard was so high.
“I would like to see other organisations, like the Scouts, get involved in similar competitions. It can only be good for the town.”
Isabelle also won the Brownies section of the competition. The other winners were: Jessica Dickens (1st Bognor Regis Rainbows), Alice Sanders (Bognor Regis Rangers) and Annalise Towse (3rd Felpham Guides).