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.
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:
|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|
|Community Garden Therapy Award||Vicarage Court||Gold|
|Eric Lewis- Leaning||Silver|
|Large Commercial||Templars Square Shopping Centre||Gold|
|(Sponsored by Direct Services)|
|Small Commercial||South Oxford Bowls Club||Gold|
|Green Gables Guest House||Silver|
|Therapy Garden Award||Jackson Cole House||Gold|
|Winner of Winners||Roy Cox||Gold|
|First Time Entrant Winner||Vicarage Court||Gold|
|Mr T R Yates||Silver|