Storrington is celebrating silver success in the South and South East In Bloom awards after receiving the cup at a ceremony last week.
This was the first time in more than 10 years that Storrington had taken part and organiser Jo Cragg, owner of the Village Florist, was delighted with the outcome.
Jo had enetered the village in the prestigious competition and played a key part in the village success. Despite the drought earlier in the year, she came up with an innovative way of watering plants.
Being conscious of water-usage, the hanging baskets in High Street, West Street and Church Street were watered with used water from a dairy in Steyning. She also ensured that all community groups pulled together and moved fast to organise everything in order to enter the town centre category of the contest by the deadline.
Joanne said: “I felt there was a lack of community spirit in the village. I noticed different groups doing different things, but nothing all together. The In Bloom competition is an ideal way of bringing the community together and I was keen to enter as I want all these unsung heroes to receive recognition for their hard work.
“Most importantly, I wanted it to be fun for everyone involved.”
DJ Flynn Services watered all the plants using the recycled water and if they ran out, water from her shop was used too.
She said: “We had a great deal of support from householders and local businesses.
“The Greenfingers Group and Storrington Business Breakfast Club were extremely supportive, and the Hanover Walk Community Housing area was outstanding.
“Horsham District Council helped us by ensuring that the streets were swept prior to judging. There was lots of praise from the judges for all the work put in by individuals and groups in making sure the streets were clean and fresh and weed free.”
Plans are already afoot to improve on this year’s success and all interested are invited to a meeting in Storrington Village Hall on Friday, October 5 at 7pm to discuss next year’s plans.
Already here are many fund raising events in the pipeline, kicking off with a Barn Dance on Saturday November 17.
Jo said: “There was a great community spirit for all of those involved this year as well as great fun – and I’m sure that winning the silver will boost everyone’s enthusiasm to go for gold next year.”