Banbury youngsters plant flowers to bring People’s Park to life

Dashwood Banbury Academy pupils get busy adding a bit of colour to People's Park. Picture by Julian Dancer NNL-150617-171653001
Dashwood Banbury Academy pupils get busy adding a bit of colour to People's Park. Picture by Julian Dancer NNL-150617-171653001

Flower beds in People’s Park in Banbury are looking more brighter this year thanks to help of around 400 schoolchildren.

Pupils from 12 of the town’s primary schools planted flowers and shrubs with a farmyard theme last Wednesday, and created centrepieces such including scarecrows, sheep, pigs and chickens.

Pupils at Frank Wise also helped out on the day, and created a scarecrow as part of their farmyard entry. Picture by Julian Dancer. NNL-150617-171730001

Pupils at Frank Wise also helped out on the day, and created a scarecrow as part of their farmyard entry. Picture by Julian Dancer. NNL-150617-171730001

The annual Planting in the Park competition is organised by Banbury Town Council and run as part of Banbury in Bloom to encourage more young people to develop an interest in nature and horticulture.

Winners in the floral display was Dashwood Banbury Academy, with St Leonard’s CoE Primary School coming in second and Bishop Loveday CoE Primary School third.

The centre piece competition was won by St Leonard’s, with Hillview Primary School finishing second and St John’s RC Primary School in third.

Councillor Alistair Milne Home, one of the two judges, said: “The number of pupils taking part this year is fantastic. Everyone I have spoken to has had a great day and they have been bubbling with enthusiasm from start to finish.”

Hillview Primary School pose with their creative farmyard theme. Picture by Julian Dancer. NNL-150617-171629001

Hillview Primary School pose with their creative farmyard theme. Picture by Julian Dancer. NNL-150617-171629001

Fellow judge councillor Diane Johnson added: “It has been very difficult to choose a winner. All the flower beds and centrepieces are of very high standard and I congratulate the schools for their imagination and their energy.

Hardwick Primary School pupils took part in this year's Planting in the Park competition in People's Park on Wednesday, June 10. Picture by Julian Dancer. NNL-150617-171708001

Hardwick Primary School pupils took part in this year's Planting in the Park competition in People's Park on Wednesday, June 10. Picture by Julian Dancer. NNL-150617-171708001