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First-ever entry into regional finals
Published 28/07/14



SONNING Common is awaiting the results of its first-ever entry into the regional Britain in Bloom finals.

Two judges from the Thames and Chilterns region visited the village on July 9 and were shown around by Chrissie Phillips-Tilbury, who runs the Village Gardeners, and members Jill Greenwood and Stan Rust.

Judges Pete Thompson and Brian Burton were taken on a two-hour tour of the village in the Fish community bus, where they viewed 31 sites.

They visited Millennium Field, the Herb Farm in Peppard Road, Red House Drive and the library in Grove Road where they spoke to children from Sonning Common Primary School.

The tour then followed a route through Lea Road, Westleigh Drive, Peppard Road, Kennylands Road and Woodlands Road where they visited the Hare and Hounds pub car park, before heading back to the Bay Trees café for tea.


The group presented the judges with a portfolio of their work over the last year and talked about the businesses and residents who have given their support. Artwork made by the primary school’s key stage two art club was on display, including giant sunflowers to mark the 50th anniversary of the Britain in Bloom competition.

Residents in Wood Lane had also paid extra attention to their front gardens, bedding plants and lawns and many had put out more tubs and troughs to create a colourful display.

Mrs Phillips-Tilbury said: “The tour went like clockwork.

“We had rehearsed it very carefully because they are very particular about the timing.

“The judges were very professional and didn’t give anything away but I felt we did everything we possibly could.

“Twenty-five residents helped out and the village looked really lovely.

“The parish clerk had a message from somebody who had lived in the village for 75 years and said they had never seen it looking so beautiful.”

The winning Britain in Bloom entries will be announced in September.

Published 28/07/14

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