Rural theme for People’s Park

Hillview School who came second in the Centrepiece category at the annual Planting in the Park competition
Hillview School who came second in the Centrepiece category at the annual Planting in the Park competition

Flower beds in People’s Park are looking distinctly rural this year after children from the town’s primary schools planted them up with a farmyard theme.

They also created centrepieces for the beds that added to the countryside atmosphere.

Frank Wise School which took part in the annual Planting in the Park competition

Frank Wise School which took part in the annual Planting in the Park competition

Scarecrows, sheep, pigs and chickens were some of the examples on display.

The annual Planting in the Park competition - organised by Banbury Town Council – saw more than 400 pupils from 12 school transform the traditional beds into countryside scenes.

The event is run as part of Banbury in Bloom to encourage young pepole to develop an interest in nature and horticulture.

One of the two judges, Cllr Alistair Milne Home, said: “The number of pupils taking part this year is fantastic. Everyone was bubbling with enthusiasm from start to finish.”

Dashwood School who won the Floral Display title in the annual Palnting in the Park competition

Dashwood School who won the Floral Display title in the annual Palnting in the Park competition

Fellow judge Cllr Diane Johnson said it had been very difficult to choose a winner.

St Leonard’s won two awards – it was first in the Centrepiece category and second in Floral Display, which was won by Dashwood School, with Bishop Loveday third.

Hillview came second in Centrepiece with St John’s third.

St Leonard's School who won two awards in the annual Planting in the Park competition

St Leonard's School who won two awards in the annual Planting in the Park competition