July 9 is Britain in Bloom judging day and the area looks amazing thanks to hard-working volunteers. Planters and baskets were changed to the summer plants, including drought-resistant geraniums, in May and the final Community Tidy Day takes place on 29 June.

Volunteers created a Nectar Garden on the Mill Field helped by The Riverside Groups and Parks Trust. Junior Parks Trust Rangers planted primroses and litter-picked at the Nature Reserve. Bianca Bedig-Ceesay, chair of Fullers Slade Residents Group, organised the first It’s Your Neighbourhood Group/ Gardening Club work-party in May with residents, members of the Community Church and African Church tending the new beds and picking litter. Volunteers served delicious cakes, children planted the sharing bed while the Bard, the Mayor of Milton Keynes and local thespians made appearances at the successful York House Coffee Morning and SSIB Plant Sale.

Hobbyhorse Nursery children enjoyed a tea party in the Bluebell Wood while other children created hanging baskets at the Big Lunch.

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