City of Derry still supreme as ‘Build It’ competition winners

Build it winner TD Farm
RIGHT: YFCU members taking part in the ‘Build It’ final which was held at Castlewellan Show.

THE final of the 2018 Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster ‘Build It’ competition, supported by Grassroots Challenge, took place at Castlewellan Show on Saturday, July 14.

For the final, teams were challenged to build an owl box with City of Derry YFC emerging triumphant for the second consecutive year.

WELL DONE: Pictured with judge, Richard Harrison (left) are members of City of Derry YFC who took home 1st place in the 2018 ‘Build It’ competition. Also pictured is YFCU President, James Speers (centre), Andrew Gracey, Grassroots Challenge, (fourth from right) Linzi Stewart, County Down Chair (third from right) and Kristina McKeag, County Down Secretary (second from right).

The club was awarded 1st place in the competition, 2nd place was awarded to Trillick and District YFC and Rathfriland YFC was awarded 3rd place.

Richard Harrison was judge of the final and the YFCU would like to thank him for his time.

The finalists were judged on the structural strength of the owl box, their craftsmanship/team work, the ability of the owl box to fit the purpose and the ability to use all the materials provided. Finally the owl boxes were judged on their uniqueness and imaginative design.

Andrew Gracey from Grassroots Challenge said: “Big congratulations to City of Derry YFC on winning this year’s ‘Build It’ competition. Grassroots Challenge is delighted to have provided the materials for this competition.

“There was lots of fun had while teams were creating their barn owl boxes at Castlewellan Show. It was great to see each of the teams getting so involved in the task which brought their creativity to life.

“The barn owl is an iconic bird and Ulster Wildlife do a good deal of work to help protect the species. To help with the barn owl project two YFCU teams donated their finished barn owl boxes to the Ulster Wildlife initiative.”

The association wishes to thank Castlewellan Show for hosting the final of the ‘Build It’ competition.


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