Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Bloom judges praise wildflower meadow after village tour

JUDGES from the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Awards have been given a tour of Cuxham.

JUDGES from the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Awards have been given a tour of Cuxham.

The village is entered in the small village category of the competition, which has a theme of health, happiness and horticulture.

Gareth Bartle, Henley Town Council’s parks services manager, and Pete Thompson were given a one-hour tour, starting at the Half Moon pub, which has been restored.

They were shown cottage garden borders, the cricket club ground and the wildflower meadow, which the judges described as “thriving”.

The men were also driven to the top of Roger’s Hill to enjoy the panoramic views of Oxfordshire and beyond. The crest of the hill has been left uncultivated and has attracted a breeding pair of peewits while fields were left unsprayed by Cuxham farmer Frank Nixey to encourage wild plants and biodiversity.



Bus stops in the village have been adopted by residents and have had troughs added with herbs including rosemary, mint and lavender.

Cuxham has just 130 residents, so outside groups including the National Scythe Association and the Conservation Volunteers have helped with bigger tasks.

The Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Awards are one of 17 regional competitions which make up Britain in Bloom, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.



More News:

POLL: Have your say