Hooray for horticulture

The sun was shining for Slough Horticultural Show at Lascelles Park, after a tense week of watching the weather forecast!

The Mayor of Slough, Councillor Avtar Kaur Cheema, attended and supported the stall holders by purchasing from various stalls, as well as having a full tour of the show and competition entries on 17 August. She also presented the best in show award, alongside Norman Grundon.

Basil and Crew’s mobile farm, the fun fair, and small car racing track were massive hits with younger visitors, and the Elite Drummers and Squadron Air Cadets drew in a large crowd of all ages with their arena performances.

There were lots of competitions to enter, from home grown produce and plants to baking, brewing, art, craft and photography. Competition entries were up 36 per cent on last year, with more residents becoming involved in each of the different categories.

Arbor the 18ft tall tree puppet was a popular part of the show. As well as giving three performances throughout the day, he could be found walking the park, and the subject of many selfies! As part of his main show he encouraged the audience to plant and nurture their own trees, Arbor gave each person a sapling to take home, leaving a legacy that will last for generations.

Arbor’s performance by theatre company Smoking Apples was sponsored by HOME Slough as part of their community festivals development program.

The horticultural show was a partnership between the council and the Slough Allotment Federation.

The overall competition winners were:

  • Best in Show - Nick Bird
  • Most Points Horticultural Classes - Autar Somal
  • Best Vegetable exhibit - Maxine Packer
  • Grundon Challenge Cup - Michaela Temple
  • Highest number of points Cookery - Gwenda Cornish
  • Most points under 7yrs - Reuben Antao-Bento
  • Most points 7-11yrs - Lily-May Wall
  • Herschel Challenge Cup - Rozina Khalid
  • Youth Challenge Best Scarecrow - 153 Squadron Air Cadets - with Simba from the Lion King.

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