Well, here we are again hopefully looking forward to a pleasant English summer following all the gales and a rather indifferent winter, when a little bit of snow might have relieved the monotony. However, with the final outbreak of spring, our ‘In Bloom’ volunteers have been systematically dealing with the containers and garden beds, most of which needed replanting altogether.
This was accomplished at considerable expense and effort and we would like to express our grateful appreciation to all those residents who have subscribed financially towards the cause, particularly in sponsoring the hanging baskets which this year have been over subscribed. One must also single out our own Parish Council and the Brighton & Hove City Council for their substantial contributions for, without their support, we would be unable to make ends meet.
Ironically, whilst the City’s Sustainability Grants programme remained intact, their Parks and Open Spaces department has suffered greatly, due to the austerity measures placed upon them, so much so that we have adopted the beds in Golden Square and the six concrete planters up and down Marine Drive, leaving for the moment, a number of small garden beds and the short stay car park wall that contains natural fauna, which we are most unhappy with. There is still much to be done, even removing pavement weeds, not to mention constant watering and we are always on the look-out for willing helpers to put in a few hours a week.
Notwithstanding, all of us must be proud of our other horticultural assets, namely Beacon Hill Nature Reserve, Kipling Gardens, St. Margaret’s Church grounds and The Grange public garden that have all featured in the South & South East in Bloom competitions with outstanding success. This all adds to the ambiance of our village and this year we will be re-introducing our own competitions for the best front garden, hanging basket and plant container where the winners will be awarded a large silver- plated salver suitably inscribed, together with garden vouchers for each category and if any prospective applicants have not picked up an application form then please give me a call on 01273 302431.