Hundreds of school children turn empty flower beds in a Banbury park into a sea of colour.

More than 400 children from 13 Banbury primary schools have turned empty flower beds in People’s Park into a sea of colour.

By Roseanne Edwards
Monday, 20th June 2022, 10:15 am
Hillview School pupils have helped to create a lovely floral display
Hillview School pupils have helped to create a lovely floral display

Banbury Town Council’s annual Planting in the Park competition returned this week (Thursday and Friday) after a two-year absence because of coronavirus.

The schools competed for a sought-after trophy and the winners will be announced after the judging.

The event took place in glorious weather and more than 8,000 plants were used as the children decorated the flower beds. The theme of the displays was the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Youngsters from Harriers School get down to planting flowers in the park

Trees surrounding the flower beds provided ample shade for the children in the hot sun and working conditions were excellent.

Cllr Martin Phillips said: “I was amazed at the children’s imagination and skill. This type of out-of-class event helps to give children a grounding in nature and an introduction to the pleasures of gardening. I’m sure they will return to the park with their parents throughout the summer to see how their creations develop.”

Children from The Grange School enjoy a planting day with Banbury Town Council
Some children from Dashwood Academy are pictured during the planting day organised by Banbury Town Council