Nell Bank winners announced

Ilkley Town Crier Isabel Ashman

The tutors at Nell Bank were delighted that their natural decoration ideas and tutorials, shared on social media in early December sparked such a flurry of creation.

Many local schools and families shared their creations as part of the Nell Bank Natural Decoration Competition. Prizes were awarded for Best Class and Best Individual entries, winning the recipients a class visit and a family visit to Nell Bank.

The tutors brought in a special judge, Ilkley Town Crier Isabel Ashman. Isabel said: “What a wonderful selection of creative and innovative decorations. I really enjoyed looking through the entries. Picking a winner was such a hard decision, because in my eyes they’re all winners for participating and for being so community-conscious.”

Year 1 at Menston Primary School

The winners of the Best School Class category were Year 1 at Menston Primary School. They designed beautiful natural objects and learned how to use tools to create them.

The individual entry winners are Tobias (7) and Bennie (4) from Baildon. Isabel thought their little acorn men were a “whimsical delight”, sure to “put smiles on the faces of the people and squirrels of Baildon”. She was delighted to be involved: “Congratulations to the winners and thank you for giving me the honour of seeing all the wonderful entries – and choosing my favourites!”