Going head to head to be best
Award bid part of improvement drive
ONE of our picturesque villages is putting its money where its mouth is by entering next year’s Best Kept Village competition.
An army of gardeners are prepared to have their secateurs at the ready when judges inspect Gerrards Cross. Villagers hope to beat off competition from local rivals such as Chalfont St Peter, which has a good record in the competition.
It is some time since Gerrards Cross entered the annual contest.
At a meeting of the parish council on Monday evening, Ian Everett, manager of Waitrose and a new member of Gerrards Cross Traders’ Association, spoke to councillors about re-entering.
He said: “We’ve been looking at how to develop Gerrards Cross. It’s a lovely village and we’ve been looking at how and if we can enter the Best Kept Village competition.
“We have a real opportunity to really go for this. It would be lovely to continue to improve Gerrards Cross.”
The traders’ association was recently successful in getting hanging baskets put up along Packhorse Road to improve the look of the village, and entering for Best Kept Village would be a continuation of this.
The association is in the process of developing a new website to help businesses in Gerrards Cross promote their services, and is organising a French market for early next year.
Mr Everett said: “It’s about bringing the village together. It’s not about the big retailers, it’s about the village and all the good things we can do here.”
Parish councillors backed the idea, and said they hoped that challenging for the prize would help with efforts to improve the look of the village.
Chairman Chris Brown said: “I agree we should go forward with this. We’ve been wanting to work more closely with the traders; a lot of our interests are in common with theirs.”
Later discussions about Gerrards Cross possibly becoming a town were said not to affect entering Best Kept contests, because small towns can also take part.
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