A community collaboration in Bolton has today been announced as the winner of the Tour of Britain’s National Land Art Competition for 2019.

Egerton Park teamed up with Walmsley Primary School to create the winning cyclist installation, one that was shown around the world as part of the race’s live TV coverage. Their land art exhibit pipped nearest challenger Crossmichael Primary School to the top prize after a month-long public vote.

They follow in the footsteps of the South Molton farmers, our inaugural champions who claimed the prize in 2018.

2019 results

WINNERS: Egerton Park and Walmsley Primary School, Greater Manchester, stage eight

SECOND PLACE: Crossmichael Primary School, Dumfries & Galloway, stage one

THIRD PLACE: Hazel Grove High School, Greater Manchester, stage eight

The winning creation was one of three finalists from the race’s Greater Manchester stage – the first day of the modern Tour of Britain to be held solely in the metropolitan county.

In total eight land art installations were shortlisted as finalists; pupils from nearby Hazel Grove High School in Stockport placed third overall for their creation of a bee – the famed emblem of Manchester for over 150 years.

In quotes

Mick Bennett, race director for the Tour of Britain, said: “For the second year running it was amazing to see the creativity and ingenuity that schools, community groups and residents put into their land art decorations. We were treated to some fascinating creations on all eight days of the 2019 Tour of Britain – believe me, they really add to the spectacle of the race.

 “Congratulations to Egerton Park and Walmsley Primary School for taking the well-deserved 2019 title. I’m already looking forward to seeing what land art installations pop up along the route of next year’s Tour!”