Limpsfield will be judged today for its entry into Britain in Bloom. Regardless of the results, the village, as ever, is looking blooming gorgeous. This is thanks to the tireless efforts of Ann Osborn, Lillian Hindley and the rest of the team of Limpsfield in Bloom volunteers who spend hours toiling away to keep our village looking lovely.
This is the twelfth year that Limpsfield has entered the Britain in Bloom competition. We have been judged in the regional South and South East group every year and have also entered the national Britain in Bloom competition three times.
This year’s theme is ‘Harmony’, with colours being pastel shades of pink, blues, purples and whites, so the high street, shops, buildings and homes dotted around it have become a beautiful sea of pastel perfection.
We are always conscious of sustainability and this year it’s all about helping hedgehogs and addressing the reducing numbers. These lovely little creatures are diminishing in numbers and need help to survive. Many people have had posters up with information to help people attract and keep hedgehogs in their garden. Apart from being lovely to have, hedgehogs have the great advantage that they eat slugs and snails – the gardener’s nightmare! Don’t forget to leave out water for them too, especially in the heat of the summer.
“Our main aim is to make Limpsfield more attractive each year and the reason for our continuing success is that we have huge support from people in Limpsfield,” says Ann Osborn who has coordinated the group since it started.
“Many people volunteer in lots of ways – gardening, litter collection, cleaning signs, painting lamp posts, helping with the children’s input, fundraising, photocopying, weed killing, making lunches and tea. This support is vital and without it we could not continue.”
Well done to the Limpsfield businesses who also make an effort every year, with their hanging baskets and floral arrangements.
The judges’ route takes them from the community orchard and allotments, a very important part of Limpsfield’s Community, past Limpsfield School and The British Legion and down through Hookwood and Limpsfield High Street to the Eden river bridge.
Good luck in the judging.
Get involved – go to Limpsfield in Bloom’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/limpsfieldinbloom.