A YEAR 6 pupil from from Ben Rhydding Primary School was shortlisted for the North Yorkshire Society of Architects 'Folly' competition.

Jackson Bleazard was one of more than 1700 children from 50 primary schools who took part to design a folly for the water gardens at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

A design workshop was organised by local architect Nigel Jacques from njArchitects (nj-architects.co.uk) to give the children at Ben Rhydding Primary School an insight into the role of an architect, introduce them to some famous buildings and the architects that designed them and through the competition encourage them to be creative in their design.

The competition brief was to design a folly that encapsulated historical follies by being fun and making people smile. The project was part of the Year 6 PSHE curriculum, learning about 'living in the wider world' where they were looking at different careers.

Jackson and his family are invited to a prize giving at Fountains Abbey in May where the winning folly will be built alongside those by internationally recognised architects and artists Charles Holland, Lucy + Jorge Orta and Fleafolly who have created three large-scale new works which will surprise and entertain visitors of all ages to the World Heritage Site.

Jackson said: "It was fun to get my imagination working, especially as I now want to be an architect. I can't wait to go to the ceremony."