Pupils at Park Planting Fun Day

Published: 21 June 2022

More than 400 children from thirteen Banbury primary schools have turned empty flower beds in People’s Park into a sea of colour.
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 with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as the theme.
Trees surrounding the flower beds provided ample shade and ‘working’ conditions were excellent.
Cllr Martin Phillips, chairman of the council’s general services committee, said: “I was amazed at the children’s imagination and skill. This type of out-of-class event helps to give young people 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 as the weeks go by.”