About the group
The Gardening Group meet on a Monday from 10 o’clock till about one. We normally stop working during the Winter months. At the moment there are 5 members in the Group. We are a friendly bunch and we are always looking for new members. All you need is a love of gardening a pair of gardening gloves and a trowel and a desire to keep our Village beautiful. Come along and join us.
The hard work, dedication and pride of our Gardening Group is clear. Throughout the village there are attractive planters, herbaceous beds and borders. These are maintained by the Gardening Group. During the summer months some of our villagers help the group by watering the planters. For the second year running Redbourne has won the ‘CPRE Best Community Planting Award 2017’ for our region and came 2nd in the ‘Best Kept Village 2017’ award – once again just 1 point behind the winners which this year was Elsham.
Redbourne entered the ‘East Midlands RHS in Bloom 2016’ competition for the very first time in 2016, and we are very proud to have won ‘Silver Gilt’ for the village category in our first entry to this competition. It was noted by the judges that this first time entry and award was truly significant as many communities spent years trying to achieve ‘Silver Gilt’ – commendation for the commitment and hard work by the Gardening Group.
Additional ‘Judges Awards’ were given to 2 village residents, Mr Pike & Mr Johnson for displays at St Andrews Close corner. Their gardens and displays were outstanding, the awards were an accomplishment to them both and recognise their community spirit.
The ‘Redbourne In Bloom Group’, worked very hard securing funding from local businesses and residents, for which we are very grateful and allowed Redbourne to enter this competition. This small group spent many hours procuring plants, planting, watering and maintaining the flower beds and boxes in order to attain this prestigious award. Special thanks are expressed to the Huntercombe Centre for all their help, both for their generous donation and importantly help with watering our planters and boxes.
After many years of service to the village, Roy & Mary Muggleton have decided to ‘hang up their trowels’ and retire from the Gardening Group. Their help and support has been immense and they will be sorely missed.
We no longer have our water bowser, without this equipment the GG find it almost impossible to water our plants without the help of our villagers. If you can help please contact the clerk or any member of the Parish Council.
Best Kept Village Results
Redbourne has been awarded joint 3rd Place in the Small Village Category of this year’s Best Kept Village Category.
Judges comments below:
A most attractive village, where local residents clearly care about their environment and community planting is a real strength.
Excellent planting can be found on the corner of Beck Lane and High Street with very attractive flower beds and a most impressive bed of well selected grasses.
Along Beck Lane there was colourful planting on the pillars along the Beck and across the bridge Further good planting was found at School Lane, the junction of Carr Lane and St Andrew’s Close, Park Lane and by the village sign on High Street
There was planting beneath the street signs in several locations around the village.
There are many lovely gardens in the village with some good planting and colourful floral displays in the front gardens of many properties.
Good examples were found at Boxmoor House Empringham Cottage, Ford Cottage and Springfield Beck Lane; Stonecroft Vicarage Lane; 2, 7 and 9 Old School Yard; 7 Carr Lane and 3 High Street.
Special mention must be made of the tremendous floral display at number 2 Pond Cottage and the great efforts made by residents on St Andrew Close especially numbers 1, 2, 4 and 1 3.
The Red Lion also provided good floral displays with hanging baskets and colourfully planted baskets on the wall of the car park.
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