Young artist is a national winner

Merryn Coates with her winning design, Tony Stacey of The Horticultural Trades Association and Gill Bevington, deputy head of Thornborough Infant School. At the back are David Brown and Chris Day of Buckingham Garden Centre

Merryn Coates with her winning design, Tony Stacey of The Horticultural Trades Association and Gill Bevington, deputy head of Thornborough Infant School. At the back are David Brown and Chris Day of Buckingham Garden Centre

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A young artist from Thornborough Infant School has won a nationwide competition to design a Christmas card.

Five-year-old Merryn Coates was picked from over 10,000 entries to the National Garden Gift Vouchers (NGGV) contest.

Her winning design has been printed, and is now displayed and available in more than 2,000 garden retailers across the country.

Merryn also wins a bundle of fun garden goodies and Thornborough Infant School will receive £1,000 of National Garden Gift Vouchers to use on class gardening projects.

Merryn’s winning card, featuring a bright and vibrant Santa, was submitted by Buckingham Garden Centre, which sent out entry packs to more than 20 local schools earlier this year.

Publicity manager Chris Day said: “We are bowled over with Merryn’s design.

“ Incredibly, this is the second year in a row that a Buckingham school has produced the national schools’ winner in this competition.

“There are some extremely talented children in our area.

“We look forward to helping Thornborough Infant School with their exciting garden project next year.”

NGGV spokesman Tony Stacey said: “We had a phenomenal response to our Design a Christmas Card competition. We received thousands of entries from all over the UK and the standard of artwork was very high. Congratulations to Merryn on her winning design.”

To see more of the contest entries, see www.facebook.com/GardenGiftVouchers