Lockdown failed to dampen the enthusiasm or compromise the creative talents of those who entered Chorleywood’s first ‘virtual’ flower show, Mission DiggAble, organised this year by the new charity Mission EmployAble in conjunction with the horticultural societies of Chorleywood and Heronsgate.
The charity, which is raising money for a training café for young adults with learning disabilities, decided that with so many flower shows being cancelled locally and nationally, green-fingered residents should be encouraged to ‘have a go,’ with fabulously colourful results.
Mission EmployAble hosted DiggAble on its website and awarded prizes in eight categories: tallest sunflower, best vegetable, best painting, best flower arrangement, best hanging basket, best upcycle, kids’ corner and best in show.
Mission EmployAble founder and chair, Katharine Weston thanked all the local businesses who donated prizes.
She said: “Like so many charities, our fund-raising activities have been put on hold this year, but we wanted to keep our name in the public eye.
“Mission DiggAble was a wonderful opportunity and it proved to be great fun for all the participants.”
The winning entries were:
Alison Lowe: Best container or basket. Prize: hanging basket donated by Mansi florist,Pinner
James Langford: Best vegetable. Prize: ‘Grow food for free’ book, donated by an Anonymous donor
Poppy Davis: Kids’ corner. Prize: voucher donated by Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross bookshops.
Tim Venner: Tallest sunflower. Prize: voucher donated by HeatTech, Chorleywood
Jane Herman: Best painting. Prize: planter donated by Rowan Garden Centre, Chalfont St Giles
Heather Morley – Best Flower Arrangement. Prizes: hanging basket donated by an Anonymous Donor
Beaumont Care Home: Best upcycle. Prize: planter donated by MK Gardening
Beaumont Care Home: Best in show. Prize: Jeroboam of rosé wine, donated by Heronsmere Homecare
For further information, to donate to Mission EmployAble and to see the full gallery of Mission DiggAble entries, visit: missionemployable.co.uk
All photos: Jo Day Photography