Chloe’s picture wins national competition

Fifteen-year-old Chloe Lawrence from Gloucester was presented with a cheque to buy photographic equipment after winning a national photographic competition. She received her prize at the magnificent Grade I listed Highnam Court from owner Roger Head OBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire (pictured above). The photographic competition was run earlier this year as part of celebrations marking 35 years of partnership and over £17.2 million raised for Macmillan Cancer Support through the opening of National Garden Scheme gardens.

Macmillan asked their supporters to submit images from their favourite National Garden Scheme gardens and Chloe, who lives close to Highnam Court, submitted the winning image, snapped in the 40-acre garden and depicting its distinctive red Monet bridge.

Presenting Chloe with her cheque, Roger Head, said, “We were very impressed with Chloe’s picture and of course delighted that her winning photo was taken here at Highnam Court. We felt we just had to celebrate her achievement by presenting her with something that will enable her to develop her hobby.”

“It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this,” said Chloe. “I started getting into photography after last Christmas when I got my first proper camera, so I’m really pleased to have won a competition already.”

Her mother Sarah says, “Chloe has a good eye and captures pictures much better than the rest of us in the family!”

Chloe lives around the corner from Highnam Court Gardens and has visited it on a number of occasions on school trips and for various different events. However, this was the first official National Garden Scheme Open Day that she had attended after seeing an advert about the competition.

Also joining Chloe and her family at the presentation were Colonel Mike Bennett OBE DL Deputy Lord Lieutenant and events manager at Highnam Court, Vanessa Berridge, National Garden Scheme County Organiser, Gloucestershire and Jemma Luker, Macmillan Cancer Support Regional National Garden Scheme Champion.

Chloe’s winning photo of the Monet Bridge in the gardens at Highnam Court

About Highnam Court

Highnam Court has regularly opened under the National Garden Scheme since 1999, contributing to the amazing total that the Scheme donates to nursing and health charities each year. The 40 acres of Victorian landscaped gardens surround a magnificent Grade I house. There are lakes, shrubberies and listed Pulhamite water gardens with grottos and fernery along with exciting ornamental lakes, and woodland areas.  An extensive 1-acre rose garden and numerous wood carvings add to the fabulous ambience of the garden.

In 2020 the gardens will open for the National Garden Scheme on:

Sunday 5 April – 11am – 5pm
Sunday 3 May – 11am – 5pm
Sunday 7 June – 11am – 5pm
Sunday 5 July – 11am – 5pm
Sunday 2 August – 11am – 5pm
Sunday 6 September – 11am – 5pm

For more about Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Garden Scheme click here


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