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Didcot Garden Town Party SUCCESS this summer


Oct 5, 2022

EVENTS organised as part of a town’s plan to encourage healthy lifestyles, tackle climate change, and provide community benefits were attended by more than 1,000 people this summer.

A total of 1,200 people are estimated to have joined this year’s Didcot Garden Party to watch free performances, play cricket, football and rounders, and take part in skating sessions in Didcot and surrounding villages.

The events were organised as part of Didcot’s Garden Town project which sets out to ‘improve the life of residents’. They ran alongside the publication of the refocussed delivery plan for the garden town published in July.

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The Government awarded Didcot ‘garden town’ status in 2015, endorsing the delivery of 15,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes in the area.

According to the developers the concept of a ‘garden town’ encompasses the idea of building a ‘complete and wholesome’ place to live. The ‘garden town’ development should have a clear identity, green space, integrated transport, and well-designed homes.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils hosted the events from July 23 to August 31.

They were themed around health, wellbeing and the environment. All the shows, such as Arbor – a story about a giant tree and The Rascally Diner – a show about food choices, took place in the courtyard area outside the Cornerstone Art Centre.

About 200 children, aged from five years to teenagers, got involved and learned how to perform new dance routines, brush up on their cricket, rounders and football skills, while others learned how to use a map and compass while taking part in Xplorer orienteering events.

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During the six-week programme, active sessions took place all over Didcot Garden Town including at the District Community Centre on Great Western Park, and at Edmonds and Ladygrove Parks.

Free coaching sessions were also given to keen skateboarder and scooter newcomers to help them learn new moves and play entertaining games at Sutton Courtenay’s skatepark.

Councillor Robin Bennett, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Being able to make use of the wonderful outdoor spaces available in and around Didcot was great.

“We hope everyone who took part enjoyed this summer’s activities, and we want to hear from residents and visitors on what other activities we can put on in the future.”

Councillor Judy Roberts, cabinet member for development and infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Initial feedback has been really good so far, especially from some parents who struggled to find free enjoyable activities for their children during the summer holidays.”

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Once the feedback from this year’s garden party has been gathered, the councils hope to use the information to develop next year’s garden party.

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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @Geeharland

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