Floral delight welcomes Britain in Bloom judges to Bicester

Bicester has been seen at its flourishing best for the national Britain in Bloom competition.

Published: Tuesday, 13th August 2019

Three weeks on from the regional judging, experts from the Royal Horticultural Society returned to Bicester on Thursday 1 August to take in some of the most colourful and floral areas of the garden town.

They assessed the quality of the town's flowers and plants, the great work carried out by volunteers across the community and the environmental cleanliness of Bicester.

Officers from Bicester Town Council, along with Mayor Jason Slaymaker, hosted the visitors first, with a walk around Garth Park. They then went on to parade through the town centre, visiting Sheep Street and Pioneer Square, accompanied by Cherwell District Council’s landscaping team, volunteers from the Bicester Lions who have helped to maintain the planters, and representatives from Continental Landscapes Ltd who are contracted to carry out landscape maintenance in the town.

Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, Dan Sames said: “Being considered at the national level of the Britain in Bloom competition is a privilege and sits well with our designation as a garden town."

Getting the town in tip-top shape is a real team effort, with staff from both Cherwell District Council and Bicester Town Council as well as community groups working hard together. Fingers crossed we will do well and we look forward to hearing the results in October!.”

New shrubs have been added in the raised planters providing year-round colour to compliment the attractive hanging baskets and floral planters. The teams also made sure Bicester was looking its best by weeding, watering, and deadheading, as well as painting some of the street furniture in time for this year’s judges visit.

The experts continued their tour of Bicester by visiting the Community Garden, based on a stretch of land which belonged to the old St Edburg’s School as part of their playing fields. Volunteers have now taken it over and created an area full of flora and wildlife.

The visit concluded with a walk to Bicester Village and a discussion with their head gardener about the company’s commitment to the horticultural excellence both on the premises and in the surrounding area.

The judges will be compiling their findings and announce the results at a prestigious ceremony in London on 25 October 2019.