Join in the fun at Mossley's horticultural show

There’s a call for all growers, crafters, bakers and makers to enter Mossley Community Association’s eighth annual horticultural show - which is going ‘virtual’ this year.

It’s all for fun while the coronavirus lockdown remains. The show usually takes place at the town’s community centre on Roughtown Road in September.

Chris Frost, one of the organisers, said: “It’s such a shame we can’t have our usual event, which we have held for the last seven years and was getting better and better. 

“But we wanted to get the community engaged, even if we can’t physically put on the event. We hope we can still make it a great community activity.” 

You don’t have to live in Mossley to enter. For all entries, you should email a photograph of yourself with your entry to by September 1. 

All entries and virtual winners will be posted on the ‘Mossley Community Centre’ Facebook page and their website in mid-September. 

Here’s a breakdown of what you can enter. 

Vegetable categories - grown in a garden, pot, allotment or windowsill: 

  • Longest runner bean - photograph it against a ruler or tape measure,
  • Five potatoes (of any variety) which have been grown by you,
  • Carrots, onions, tomatoes, leeks, celery or lettuces (which can all be grown from the root from your salad drawer if you don’t have a garden).

Fruit categories - photograph yourself with your fruit in the garden on the tree or bush:

  • Apples, rhubarb, berries or any other fruit.

Flower category - photograph yourself with:

  • An indoor flowering pot plant, grown by you,
  • Succulent or cactus,
  • Any flowers in your own garden.

Floral art category 

  • Design a floral display, using real or artificial flowers, with one ‘prop’ of your choice that reflects our thanks for the efforts of our key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Home baking category 

  • Bake your favourite ‘lockdown cake’ with a recipe and a photograph.

Adult arty crafty category 

  • Photograph something you have made to help others in lockdown. It might be a mask, scrubs, bags, hearts, an NHS teddy or something else.
  • Send a photo of something you have made with a ‘rainbow’ theme in any medium - paint, sewing, knitting, crochet, glass, recycled or anything else you have.

Photography category - art recreation: 

  • Using only what you have in your house, garden, and wardrobe, recreate any famous painting (see picture left). Use your family, pets and anything you can find as props. Send your photo along with the famous painting you are recreating. 

Children’s entries

  • Have you made something you are proud of?  
  • Send a photo of you and your amazing ‘lockdown’ make, including your name and age. 

Poems - Write a poem about ‘lockdown’ life.

Young cooks - Make a trio of decorated biscuits or buns with a rainbow, bee and flower design. Take a photo of you and your biscuits. 

You can also take on the virtual art recreation challenge.

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