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top title at the annual Enterprise Troopers competition held by Welsh Government which


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Metropolitan University. After impressing the judges with their business acumen and entrepreneurial flair, Garth Primary School were presented with the top prize for their business idea ‘Bee-Spoke T-shirts’, bee-themed t-shirts that they designed themselves to raise awareness about bee conservation and to raise money for security for the school’s bee hive after it was vandalised. Enterprise Troopers, an annual competition run by Big Ideas Wales - part of the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Service - brings together 5 to 11 year olds from across the country, with teams of primary school children joining together to run their own enterprises, selling merchandise and services of their choosing in their schools and local communities. The competition aims to help pupils to apply their creativity and enterprise skills in a very practical way. It gives them an opportunity to showcase their achievements in business and demonstrate how they have developed their interests, strengths, skills and aspirations through their enterprise experience. Aligned to Welsh Government’s ambitions of the new curriculum, the competition demonstrates how schools are introducing work related experiences at this young age.

Runners-up awards were presented to Ysgol Bro Cernyw and Ysgol Llanbrynmair who impressed the judges with their business ideas of Cwmni Cynnyrch Cernyw, which makes bags and calendars to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary, and Sebon Sbesial, which makes and sells soap. To find out more about the competition contact http://enterprisetroopers. com/, or email hello@ or call 0844 736 6150.

Creating a coastal garden isn’t as hard as it sounds - all you need is hardy plants, good shelter and some authentic nautical or seashore accessories. Ideally, you should make the most of the unique features of a coastal landscape and incorporate them into your plot - creating a garden that sits well in its setting and doesn’t need too much maintenance.

Use typical seaside props like rope and other nautical pieces such as driftwood, flotsam and jetsam found on the beach. And make sure you incorporate horticulture sand, shingle and smooth pebbles from your local garden centre for that natural coastal feel. Go for either a natural, seaside-landscape style or a contemporary garden based on seaside features and don’t forget to provide a bit of shelter with prudent planting or driftwood fencing. Before you start make sure you know what the local weather conditions are like as they vary round the coast of the UK from mild climates where exotic plants can grow to exposed and windy areas where only the most hardy of plants will survive. Have a look at other gardens to see what grows best and talk to local nurseries and garden centres for good plant advice. Of course, you don’t need sea views to get the fun, informal look in your own outdoor space. Most coastal plants will thrive in any garden with well-drained soil and a sunny spot. They’re tough plants used to battling strong winds and salty air, and usually growing in poor soil or on steep banks. Some of the most popular include ... • Rosmarinus officinalis – Rosemary A woody, hardy Mediterranean herb that’s perfect for a seaside spot. It’s an evergreen and has delicate lavender blue flowers in summer. • Eryngium variifolium – Sea Holly

Striking silver foliage and statement blooms with prickly cone-like heads, it copes well with sandy soil, so perfect for seaside gardens. • Armeria Maritima - Thrift A robust, low-growing plant that is ideal for paths and borders, or to use in rockeries. It’s an evergreen and has small pink pompom flowers in summer.

• Crambe Maritima – Sea Kale

A great foliage plant with undulating silvery green leaves - and like other kale is edible. It dies back over the winter but regrows in spring. • Limonium latifolium – Sea Lavender

A very tough plant that looks deceptively delicate, with gossamer stems that produce a mass of tiny pink purple flowers. For coastal gardens always do initial planting in late spring and early summer so plants can become established before the winter winds and keep new plants well watered at first. And watering is top of the ‘to do’ list this month for gardeners everywhere as the temperature rises…

This is often one of the hottest months of the year and a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden. Keep plants looking good by regularly dead-heading, and you’ll enjoy a longer display of blooms. Make sure you keep new plants well watered, using grey water where possible, and hoe off weeds, which thrive in the sunshine.

Keep plants looking lush and flowering for longer with regular feeding and watering. You’ll get more flowers in borders, containers and hanging baskets by adding a liquid feed once a week to the watering regime and that also applies to vegetable crops to ensure the best growth. Mow the lawn at least once a week this month and trim the edges after cutting for a neat finish - and give it a summer feed. Deadheading flowering plants is important to keep your displays looking fresh plus it prolongs the flowering period. Pinch off the flower head with your finger and thumb or use a pair of scissors or secateurs. Make sure you take the seed pod away too because the plant will then use its energy to form new buds rather than developing the seeds David Domoney, TV gardener and presenter Now is the best time to cut and tie stems of herbs to dry them for use in the winter.

A range of herbs – including oregano, marjoram, thyme, lavender and summer savoury – are growing really well now, so perfect for harvesting. Cut stems in the morning on a dry day, tie them into small bundles of individual herbs and hang them up in a cool, dry room. When well dried, the leaves should be transferred to tightly closing tins or screw top jars.

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National Garden Gift Vouchers can be bought and redeemed at over 2,000 outlets in the UK, with more than 90,000 garden plants and products on offer. Visit to view details of all the outlets that sell and accept them or call 0870 2408237 for more information. You can also buy them online.

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