Bicester Community Garden blooms during floral competition

Judges from The Royal Horticultural Society were welcomed to Bicester on Thursday (11 July) for the Thames and Chiltern regional Britain in Bloom Competition.

Published: Monday, 15th July 2019

The experts were taken on a guided walk around the town, starting in Garth Park, moving along Sheep Street and Pioneer Square, onto the Causeway and finishing at Bicester Village. 
They were accompanied by members of Cherwell District Council’s landscape and cleansing teams, as well as volunteers from the Bicester Lions, who are helping to maintain a range of planters along Sheep Street. Contractors, Continental Landscapes also joined the group to discuss their role in keeping Bicester looking at its best.
The RHS judges commented that this year’s competition is about inspiring everyone to grow, both plants as well as communities and a visit to Bicester Community Garden was one of the day’s highlights. 
The small stretch of land, previously belonging to the old St Edburg’s School, had become disused. But thanks to the hard work of community volunteers and funding from Cherwell District Council, Sanctuary Housing and Bicester Village, the area is now blooming with life.
Tia Wedgewood-Cathey, vice chairman of Grass Roots Bicester and founder member of the Community Garden said; “It’s taken a few committed people a lot of time and energy to get this the area looking this good. We took on the project in April last year and it’s become a lovely place to get together to work, chat and drink plenty of coffee!”
“This is a place where people come to find peace and make friends. Gardening comes second to that.”
The results of the judging will be announced on 24th September 2019 at the awards ceremony held this year in Woodley.