The RBWM council’s Bright Idea Challenge Prize competition that works with residents to bring their ideas to enhance the Royal Borough to life had its awards ceremony on Thursday 10th March 2016.
The overall winner this time was a scheme for a Maidenhead Community Garden at Boyn Grove Resource Centre. This was a combination of two ideas submitted by Sue Brett and Sue Walker, both from Maidenhead. The plan is for the garden to be an allotment too and also a place for people to sit, reflect and enjoy the area. The prize money of £250 will go into developing the idea rather than be awarded to an individual. This was agreed by both winners.
This years competition was judged by its ambassadors, Windsor resident Roz Savage MBE, the first woman to have rowed solo across three oceans – the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian and Howard Lack chief executive of the environmental charity Plastic Ocean. Roz decided to take on her challenges to raise awareness of plastic pollution and climate change.
Roz said about the competition: “It has been truly inspiring to see how many people are passionate about making their towns better places to live. Community spirit is alive and well, and flourishing in Windsor and Maidenhead.”
Other judges included council leader Cllr David Burbage, Cllr Claire Stretton, principal member for culture and communities, Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for youth services and safeguarding and Cllr George Bathurst, principal member for policy.
Cllr Stretton said: “We had a variety of very different ideas submitted this year and we held mini consultations with the applicants to understand their visions for these ideas.
“Sue Brett and Sue Walker are both extremely passionate and committed to the community garden project and I’m delighted we’ve bought them together to get their shared vision up and running.”