Yes, if you have a Front Garden and Community Areait’s time to go and get your entry forms now as the Village Florist and the Vintage Rose Café in Storrington are all geared up to get gardeners off the ground with their entry forms and rules for the 2014 local In Bloom competition!
All are all eligible to enter, and the first 50 entries receive a voucher for a free pair of gardening gloves, thanks again to the sponsorship this year from Squires Garden Centre.
For Businesses with an external floral display , and also for a new category of Best Window Display, all appropriate premises in the town centre will be entered automatically, and the winners will be decided by public vote, with forms being available in the Sussex Local magazine, June Issue, out in May.
For Allotments too, all allotment holders will be automatically entered, and judging will be by the Head Gardener of Parham House & Park, Tom Brown.
Check for more details in our shop window at 2-4 High Street.
Storrington In Bloom’s sponsors , Squires Garden Centre, have confirmed that the award ceremony this year will take place on Thursday, 18th September, at their centre. Squires will be sponsoring the Front Garden and Allotment categories, while Waitrose will again sponsor the Best Business/Pub Garden. New sponsors Tribes will be sponsoring the Community Area, while Caremark have agreed to sponsor the Best Retail Window Display.
The Town’s entry as a whole has also attracted sponsorship from the Moon pub, and Chanctonbury Lions.
The winners of the local In Bloom competition will all be part of the overall judging for Storrington in the South & South East In Bloom rounds in July, and is all part of the overall Storrington in Bloom push to make the town a brighter, more colourful place to visit. Greenfingers will be out filling all the planters with summer annuals in May, supplied by Village Nurseries, and the display in Place Villerest will be filled with colour again this year.
But before that local volunteers, including Waitrose staff, took part in a first Spring Clean Up along the High Street and West Street in March, with amazing support from everybody, including one young family that had just moved into Storrington 2 days before!
Horsham District Council is helping with grants towards the cost of compost and the planting in the Library car park beds, So look out for a cleaner, brighter town this spring, and watch for the planting in May.
In the meantime, dates for your diary include -
Friday 16th May - Coffee Morning at the Village Market 10.00 - 11.30 - come and support us!
Sunday 13th July - Storrington In Bloom Gardens Open - 2.00pm - 5.00pm further details in due course
Report and pictures contributed by David Wright.