Thursday, 23 September 2021

Watlington in Bloom scoops best large village prize

Watlington in Bloom won the silver gilt award and was named best large village in the Thames and Chilterns region.

Watlington in Bloom won the silver gilt award and was named best large village in the Thames and Chilterns region. It was also a joint winner of the prize for the best use of edible plants.

It also won two It?s Your Neighbourhood community group awards as Hurdler?s Green and Mansel Gardens were recognised as ?developing? groups. Hurdler?s Green also won a lawnmower in a prize draw.

Norman Parker, who introduced the silver gilt award, said Watlington was an attractive and historic market town that was complemented by ?tasteful? floral displays.

He said: ?An impressive range of groups, businesses and individuals are contributing to Watlington in Bloom in different ways and there is an unusually wide range of events and initiatives linked to the campaign, increasing awareness and encouraging more people to get involved.?

Mr Parker praised the work of the committee, saying members should be ?very proud? of what they had achieved.

Tim Horton, chairman of the Watlington in Bloom committee, said: ?We?ve done very well across the board. It?s great to win the large village category one more time and is a really fabulous success for us.?

He said they had taken the edible Britain category ?very seriously? in work they had done at Watlington care home and in the centre of the town with projects such as the herb garden. Cllr Horton said the committee was looking forward to competing in the national final.

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