Residents in Witney have been getting their hands dirty and putting the finishing touches to their gardens as part of a local gardening competition.
Run by Sanctuary Housing, the competition, which has now closed, invited residents of Windrush Valley Estate to feed their fuchsias and prune their pansies in a bid to be crowned the best garden in the area.
Gardening competition judges
Judging will soon be underway on the entries, with gardens featuring relaxing seating areas, ponds full of fish and an array of beautiful colours from geraniums and Japanese anemone.
The judges, District Councillor Andrew Coles, Town Councillor Alan Beames, Oxford Garden Design owner and Oxford Mail columnist Sheena Marsh, Brenda Woods from Edible Witney and Graeme Dale of the Oasis Church will be selecting the best garden, with the winner receiving a £50 National Garden gift voucher.
Residents from the estate will be invited to a special celebratory event at the Oasis Café, Witney on Thursday 15 September when the winner will be announced and presented with their prize. The event will include refreshments, a plant stall and information and top tips about gardening from Edible Gardens and Sustainable Witney’s expert gardeners.
As part of the competition, Travis Perkins has kindly donated £600 worth of gardening tools which will be stored at the Oasis Café for local residents to borrow for maintaining their gardens. It is hoped the tool swap facility will also encourage residents to share their gardening tips with one another.
“Overwhelmed with the variety and quality of the gardens”
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We are overwhelmed with the variety and quality of the gardens that have been entered into our competition and can’t wait to see who the judges pick as their winner – I think it will be very close.
“We are always looking at how we can develop projects and opportunities that concentrate on making our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places to live in and what better way than this!”