Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Pagoda and new planters boost town’s in bloom bid

A PAGODA is to be added to Mansle Gardens in Watlington to help improve the area.

A PAGODA is to be added to Mansle Gardens in Watlington to help improve the area.

The idea was one of several proposals by Watlington in Bloom which were approved by the parish council last week.

The group hopes the changes will improve the town’s chances in the national final of the Britain in Bloom competition.

Watlington was chosen to compete after achieving a gold award in the large village category for the Thames Valley and Chilterns region last year.

Other additions to Mansle Gardens will include the planting of a woodland glade, filling in the gaps in the hedge with wildlife-friendly, native hedge plants, planting a community herb garden and commissioning a sculpture by Peter Foster, who lives in Spring Lane. Seven new planters for the High Street will be purchased and some of the existing planters will be refurbished.

Tim Horton, chairman of Watlington in Bloom, said: “The tubs were introduced nearly a quarter of a century ago, so it’s no surprise that some are run-down. Updating them will make a better impression on the judges when they come to visit in August.

“We have spent time as a group discussing how we can make a greater impact this year and we are confident that all these ideas will come together to make a great display.”

The group has enough money to buy the tubs but will need to fund-raise and apply for grants in order to pay for the other improvements. The town’s twinning association has pledged its support.

Plans to plant trees in the central reservation of the Hill Road car park have been put on hold while the group assesses the cost.

lWatlington in Bloom will hold a “garden evening” in the town hall at 8pm today (Friday). The event will include a quiz, floral demonstration, plant sale, tips for planting and a secret guest. Wine will be on sale but people are welcome to bring their own alcohol and food. Tickets cost £5, which guarantees a raffle prize. Doors will open at 7.30pm.

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