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Oxford in Bloom is turning over a new leaf

Oxford in Bloom is branching out into our communities this year by offering new or existing residents and community groups a share of a £4,000 grant scheme. The scheme will offer financial support to groups who are looking to brighten up their communities with projects with a horticultural or ‘green’ theme.

Examples of projects which could be supported include:

  • Improving or maintaining the green spaces on an estate
  • Renovating a local neglected space
  • Developing a community garden, orchard or vegetable plot.
  • Restoring a churchyard
  • Transforming a bleak residential back alley into a community garden
  • Redeveloping all the front gardens on (part of) a street using any number of schemes, for example hanging baskets or window boxes for growing herbs
  • Forming a Friends group to look after a local park
  • Uniting local retailers to transform a parade of shops

The competition element of the Oxford in Bloom will be replaced with entry into the RHS Thames & Chiltern competition under their expanding ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign which already attracts over 1,600 groups nationally. “The RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign supports community groups in cleaning up and greening up their immediate local environment - whether that’s the street they live in, or a small patch of communal land needing a revamp”.

Judging would be undertaken by RHS judges in July. Results will be announced at the Thames & Chiltern awards ceremony in September.

Any group interested in applying can download an application form

The deadline for applications is Sunday 19 March 2017.

2016 competition

Thank you to everyone who has entered and supported this year's competition. The results were announced and the prizes awarded on Thursday 15 September, at Oxford Town Hall. 

The winners for each of the categories are show below:

Award Winners Prize
Best Kept Small Garden Chris Perks Gold
(Sponsored by Breckon & Breckon) Roy Cox Silver
  Deborah Sue Chapman Bronze
Best Kept Large Garden Mr & Mrs Harman Gold
(Sponsored by Breckon & Breckon) Madeline Van der Wal Silver
  Parris & Julian Crausby-Ward Bronze
Most Beautiful Container Chris Perks Gold
(Sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries) Mr & Mrs Harman Silver
  Mrs Deborah Sue Chapman Bronze
Junior Oxford in Bloom - Schools East Oxford Primary School Gold
  St Andrew's Primary School  Silver
  New Marston Primary School  Bronze
Display by Universities and Colleges The Rhodes Trust Gold
  Merton College Silver
  Magdalen College Bronze
Community Garden Therapy Award Vicarage Court Gold
  Eric Lewis- Leaning Silver
  Bradlands Bronze
Large Commercial Templars Square Shopping Centre Gold
(Sponsored by Direct Services)    
Small Commercial South Oxford Bowls Club Gold
  Green Gables Guest House Silver
  Butchers Arms Bronze
Therapy Garden Award Jackson Cole House Gold
  Beehive Restore Silver
Winner of Winners Roy Cox Gold
First Time Entrant Winner Vicarage Court Gold
  Mr T R Yates Silver
  Bradlands Bronze