Friday 23rd June was an important date in the calendar for the Wimborne Community Garden as it was the day they were privileged to be visited by John Lockwood who came to Judge the Garden in the South and South East In Bloom Competition. Mr Lockwood was welcomed by Jane Benson, the Voluntary Manager of the Garden and indeed the brainchild behind the whole project.

The Garden was entered into two categories in the Competition, The “It’s Your Neighbourhood” and “Our Community”. John was shown round the Garden meeting the various volunteers who each showed him the different sections of the Garden. There was the wild flower area, the rows of peas, beans and tomatoes all of which when harvested will be shared with the Wimborne Food Bank, the Community Kitchen and excitingly, Beaucroft’s café. Indeed John met students from  the neighbouring Beaucroft College who help in the Garden. On completion of the Judging John and the volunteers were treated to refreshment provided by the College.

John Lockwood speaking on completion of the judging said, “that it was a wonderful community effort in such a short time and the range of skills brought in by the volunteers was very impressive”.

After the Judging Jane said, “we enjoyed sharing with John Lockwood all that we do and how we are developing. Now we just have to wait until September to hear what he thought about all he saw so its watch this space”!

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John Lockwood and Jane Benson (seated) with many of the volunteers who were present for the judging.

John Lockwood (second from left) talks to Jane Benson and Martyn Curtler during the Judging

Photographs by Anthony Oliver