Sunday, 23 September 2018

Actor and chef to support bloom bid

ACTOR Jeremy Irons and chef Raymond Blanc are lending their support to Watlington bid to be Britain in Bloom champion.

ACTOR Jeremy Irons and chef Raymond Blanc are lending their support to Watlington bid to be Britain in Bloom champion.

The town is to compete in the national final of the large village category after achieved its greatest success yet in the regional stage last year.

Irons will record the welcome message for a presentation to be given to the judges during their visit and a barn he owns will be the venue for a horticultural show on June 30.

The show, which will be the town’s first in more than two decades, will take place on the same day as 20 private gardens are open to the public. Programmes for the open gardens will be available in advance at the cost of £5 per family.

Terry Jackson, co-ordinator for Watlington in Bloom, hopes the events will encourage more community participation and that they will become annual fixtures.

She said: “We have thought about doing a horticultural show before but it was just something else to organise but this year we are pulling out all the stops.

“There will be no age restrictions as it’s an open horticultural show. There will be lots of classes with some revolving around the children as we want to encourage as many people as possible to join the fun. We will have scarecrow and cress head competitions as well as the usual adult classes.”

Royal Horticultural Society judge Pete Thompson will be among those judging the entries.

Blanc is to visit Watlington on May 15.

He had asked to be put in touch with his local Britain in Bloom group after launching the competition’s “incredible edibles” theme earlier this month.

Mrs Jackson said: “We are hoping he will visit Mansle gardens. We have already planted one raised bed of herbs which can be used by the whole town and what we are hoping is that he will help create the second.”

Watlington faces competition from Barwick-in-Elmet, Usk, Caistor, St Pierre du Bois, Coupar Angus, Eynsford and Hillsborough but Mrs Jackson said taking part was what really counted.

She said: “The main thing is making a difference to Watlington, so that when people come in they think ‘this is a nice place’. It can only be a good thing.”

ACTOR Jeremy Irons and chef Raymond Blanc are lending their support to Watlington’s bid to be Britain in Bloom champion.

The town is to compete in the national final of the large village category after it achieved its greatest success yet in the regional stage last year.

Irons will record the welcome message for a presentation to be given to the judges during their visit and a barn he owns will be the venue for a horticultural show on June 30.

The show, which will be the town’s first in more than two decades, will take place on the same day as 20 private gardens are open to the public. Programmes for the open gardens will be available in advance at the cost of £5 per family. Terry Jackson, co-ordinator for Watlington in Bloom, hopes the events will encourage more community participation and that they will become annual fixtures.

She said: “We have thought about doing a horticultural show before but it was just something else to organise but this year we are pulling out all the stops. There will be no age restrictions as it’s an open horticultural show. There will be lots of classes with some revolving around the children as we want to encourage as many people as possible to join the fun. We will have scarecrow and cress head competitions as well as the usual adult classes.”

Royal Horticultural Society judge Pete Thompson will be among those judging the entries. Blanc is to visit Watlington on May 15. He had asked to be put in touch with his local Britain in Bloom group after launching the competition’s “incredible edibles” theme earlier this month.

Mrs Jackson said: “We are hoping he will visit Mansle gardens. We have already planted one raised bed of herbs which can be used by the whole town and what we are hoping is that he will help create the second.”

Watlington faces competition from Barwick-in-Elmet, Usk, Caistor, St Pierre du Bois, Coupar Angus, Eynsford and Hillsborough but Mrs Jackson said taking part was what really counted.

She said: “The main thing is making a difference to Watlington, so that when people come they think, ‘this is a nice place’. It can only be a good thing.”

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