Green-fingered residents in Witney have been celebrated for their brilliant blooms and dazzling displays as part of a local garden competition.
Sanctuary Housing invited residents of Windrush Valley Estate to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to find the area’s best gardens.
The contest attracted a diverse and colourful crop of entries, with gardens boasting everything from amazing azaleas to glorious geraniums.
Entrants were invited to a special celebratory event at the Oasis Café, Witney, where residents Douglas Miller, Judith Clack and Ian and Flora McKenzie were announced as the overall winners.
They each received a National Garden gift voucher while Janeen Woodward, of Oxford Garden Design, presented certificates to other residents who took part.
West Oxfordshire District councillor, Andrew Coles, and Deputy Mayor of Witney, Cllr Brenda Churchill, a member of the Witney in Bloom committee and herself a resident of Windrush Valley Estate, attended the prize-giving ceremony, where hospitality was provided by Oasis Family Church.
Edible Gardens Witney also supported the competition, helping organise the presentation ceremony and replanting the planters outside Oasis Café.
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We are always looking at ways to make our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places to live and this has been a fantastic opportunity to involve our residents in that goal.
“We were thrilled with the quality and diversity of the wonderful gardens entered and picking the overall winners proved a very tough task for our panel of judges.”
This competition was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.