Space was the theme for this year’s Planting Day in People’s Park.
The annual inter-school Planting in the Park competition, organised by Banbury Town Council, saw almost 350 pupils from 14 schools transform empty flower beds into gardens that brought their designs of space to life. We were astounded by the centre pieces that appeared, from Tim Peak to planets and even aliens queuing to get into their spaceship. Creative and imaginative was the order of the day.
Pupils armed with trowels, spades and dibbers, used nearly 5000 plants as they turned the flower beds into colourful displays.
The event is part of Banbury in Bloom and encourages young people to develop an interest in nature and horticulture.
Cllr Colin Clarke, one of the two judges, said: “This is an extremely worthwhile event and the number of pupils taking part shows how well-loved it is. Everyone has had a great day and learned a little bit about nature. The theme ‘space’ has proved very popular.”
Fellow judge Cllr Nick Harrison said: “I must congratulate the schools on their imagination and their energy. Choosing a winner was very difficult. The flower beds and centre pieces are of an extremely high standard.”
Puritans Radio kept the kids entertained and dancing amongst the flowers with some appropriate music.