Go­ing head to head to be best

Award bid part of im­prove­ment drive

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Which is the most pic­turesque vil­lage in Bucks? Email our let­ters page or send your pho­tos to buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk.

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