May 25, 2021 | Climate awareness

Golden Skye winners

wellngton boots planted with daffodils on a wooden fence

The winning entry from Isleornsay & Camuscross, at the An Crùbh community hub

by Trish Rogers

Fourteen communities around Skye joined in our challenge to bring in the Spring by each planting 100 daffodils (donated by SCA and supplied by Peter Nyssen) in containers they had designed from recycled materials and planted in compost of their own devising. The winner would be the most imaginative and well presented entry created by community co-operation.

Ten out of the 14 communities managed to battle through the restrictions of the pandemic and the harsh winter to complete the challenge.  The five judges were David MacLean (former head gardener at Dunvegan Castle), Janet Hey (well-known gardening devotee), Nicholas Kelly (project manager, Broadford Growers Hub), Becky Smith (artist and recycling enthusiast) and Trish Rogers (co-coordinator, Skye Climate Action).

The judges praised the enthusiastic response of all the communities, expressed in their inventive and imaginative creations and the involvement of so many people in the communities, acknowledging the hard work done by the organisers in each village. Every entry had something special to commend it, so the final decision was difficult to make.

First prize was awarded to the Isleornsay & Camuscross entry (organiser Sharon Campbell), for their spectacular and exceptionally well presented display at An Crùbh comunity centre. They become Skye Climate Action’s SKYE GOLDEN VILLAGE and will receive an elegant plaque manufactured in up-cycled plastic by Thomas Prentice. Dunvegan (organiser, Mayanne MacGregor) received second prize (a daffodil vase trophy) for their unique and cleverly creative display. Third prize (a selection of Peter Nyssen organic seeds) went to Portree (organiser, Bill Edgar), for their neatly executed interpretation of the criteria.  Each community was invited to receive a certificate to mark their achievement at the prize giving ceremony at An Crùbh on 25th May.

We thank everyone who participated. The response to the GOLDEN SKYE Competition has demonstrated how imaginative and resilient the people of Skye can be, especially when they co-operate as a community.