Wildflower Art Contest Winners

Buckingham’s first wildflower art contest has been a great success, with a truly wonderful variety of flowers chosen for the entries.

Local artist, Fiona Hancock took on the role of judge after creating watercolour illustrations for Buckingham wildflower information boards (now on display in Bourton Park.)

Selecting winners was a tough task. Fiona told us that “The variety and quality of the work submitted was outstanding. It was difficult to choose winners but the ones chosen reflect the wildflower theme and high level of art entered. All entries clearly enjoyed creating their pieces and it was a pleasure to view them all.”

The adult winners were:

  • Carmen Carreira, with a watercolour of Buckinghamshire and Chiltern Gentian
  • Laura Bentley with a freehand machine embroidery and appliqué Moon [Ox-eye] Daisy.
  • Highly commended was Amy Godfrey with a bold and colourful digital art wildflower posey with cow parsley at its centre.

Carmen’s detailed painting will be printed on the cover of the Summer 2021 edition of Buckingham Town Matters. Laura told us “I am really overwhelmed to be one of the ones chosen. I love where we live and this is nice way to celebrate it.”

Entries from young people were judged separately, and a fantastic selection of entries were received. The winners were:

  • Evie Hurman-Ball and Renata Kapinos, both from The Buckingham School with water colour entries. Evelyn’s piece focused on a bee landing on a flower, while Renata chose to paint a small poser of wildflowers including grasses.
  • Highly Commended was Amelie King (The Buckingham School) for her expressive watercolour of poppies and Akanksha Bathula (Royal Latin School) who drew a detailed study of lupins.

All the winning entries received Green Buckingham water bottles, donated by Buckinghamshire Recycles to support projects that encourage recycling and the protection of local green spaces.

Plans are in motion to create a display of the winning entries in Buckingham at the Old Goal Museum and Tourist Information Centre.

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Buckingham wildflower art contest: enter by sending your wildflower art by email to office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or by sending it to the Buckingham Town Council Office, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP (paper entries only) by the end of the day Wednesday 12th May 2021.

To celebrate the growing biodiversity of Buckingham, flower information boards are being put up around the toddler play area in Bourton Park. Each board has been designed to put a name to flowers you might see on your daily walks, and created with local artist Fiona Hancock, illustrating stories about the history of each flower.

five kinds of wildflowers that can be spotted in BuckinghamCreating wildflower spaces has been an important part of improving the biodiversity of Buckingham. The more different species of wildflowers there are in an area, the more different species of insects, animals and birds, from bees to butterflies to field mice and swallows are provided with appropriate food sources and habitats to flourish in more urban environments.

Beyond ideas of eco-recovery, flowers are joyful. After a tough year, the first hints of spring blossoms have brought delight. Buckingham Town Council wants to capture and celebrate that joy with an art contest. All types of creativity would be welcome, from painting, collage and photography to anything else you can think of, as long as your art represents native wildflowers.

The competition deadline is Wednesday 12th May, and entries should be sent to the Wildflower art contest posterBuckingham Town Council office. The winner (or winners) will have their art printed on the cover of the summer edition of Buckingham Town Matters, Buckingham Town Council’s newsletter, which is delivered to over 6,000 homes locally.

Please be aware that if you choose to deliver your original artwork to the office as a physical copy (instead of sending us a copy by email) we will not be able to return it and it may be destroyed when the contest is finished. If you have any questions about this, please call the office on 01280 816 426 and we will be happy to discuss entry options.

Contest poster PDF