Storrington in Bloom 2016 is up and running.
The first clean‐up (Clean for the Queen’s Birthday) was done with lots of local support and enthusiasm. We are sure she would have approved! The second clean‐up will be on July 3rd. Look out for posters and get involved by helping.
The main competition entry is in the Town Centre category of the Britain in Bloom Competition. Last year Storrington was awarded a SILVER GILT and this year’s aim is to repeat or better that. Judging will be on 7th July and with the help of our sponsors, volunteers, residents and businesses this can be achieved. As well as the main entry, there will be a number of local competitions to be judged in late July and August. The theme this year will be “Bright and Beautiful”.
Categories include a children’s wheelbarrow competition, best allotment, best business window display and best business external area. Entry forms for the residential categories: best front garden and best community area, can be downloaded here, collected from Joanna’s Boutique Tearoom, High Street or from The Village Florist, West Street. So come on all you budding gardeners – now is the time to show off! Don’t forget you can also nominate a front garden of one of your neighbours.
The plants for the main competition are being purchased from The Village Nurseries, West Chiltington, where everything is grown on site. If you’ve not been there it is well worth a visit. They have very kindly made up the baskets which were hung on the lampposts over the weekend 14/15 May with the help of a volunteer team organised by Richard Tofts of Storrington Car Parts & Accessories.
Planting of the village centre flower beds will be done towards the end of May, again with more plants from The Village Nursery and the planters will be prepared by local organisation Greenfingers. It is a real team effort from our village. The students of Rydon School are playing an important part at this very moment by designing and painting flags to be hung in the village for the whole of July. It will be a very pretty sight and students of the First School are preparing a new mural to replace the one on the HSBC wall. Yet again volunteer helpers with ladders will be coming to the rescue by hanging the flags.
Here’s to a lovely warm summer with plenty of flowers, fun and laughter for everyone.