Saturday, 31 July 2021

Gainsborough paints a blooming picture

AN estate in Henley was judged for a Royal Horticultural Society competition

AN estate in Henley was judged for a Royal Horticultural Society competition.

The Gainsborough estate was shown to judges for the It’s Your Neighbourhood community awards.

The awards honour community groups and how they clean and”green up” their i environment.

Judges Allan Moffat, from Bracknell in Bloom, and David Putt, chairman of Jealotts Hill Community Landshare, visited the estate on Tuesday last week.

They were given a one-hour tour of the estate, led by Gainsborough Residents’ Association chairman David Eggleton, a town councillor, and vice-chairwoman Paula Isaac. Henley in Bloom chairwoman Kellie Hinton was also present.

Councillor Eggleton told the judges about the work the association had done in the last year, including working with Tesco in Henley to get grit for the estate and to provide Christmas lunch for the over-Sixties.

He also told them about how they work closely with housing association Soha, Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and Henley Town Council.

Both judges were given a leaflet with pictures showing the projects that have been worked on.

Cllr Eggleton said: “I think it went brilliantly and we could not have done any more.

“It’s not just about flowers but about community involvement. Everything we do is what we would do anyway, whether we were judged or not.”

Last year the residents’ association was awarded “thriving”, the second highest level, for the second year in a row.

The judges commented on the enthusiasm of the residents, the quality of the beds at the entrance to the estate and how the introduction of a clock on the estate was “a great community event”.

The result will be revealed at the Thames and Chiltern in Bloom awards in September.

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