Hanging basket demo to help Steyning in Bloom

One of the High Street pole planters
One of the High Street pole planters

A DEMONSTRATION focusing on hanging baskets is raising money for Steyning in Bloom.

The team plants up all the floral displays in Steyning High Street, including tubs, planters and hanging baskets.

To help fund this year’s projectes, a fundraising demonstration, called Annie’s Hanging Baskets, will be held at Penfold Hall, Church Street, Steyning, on Saturday, April 25, at 10.30am.

People will be able to get advice on planting up hanging baskets for the summer and planted baskets will be on sale.

Tickets are £5, available from Steyning Bookshop, in High Street, and coffee and cake will be available.

Steyning in Bloom receives grants from various organisations, including Steyning Parish Council, but the committee does a lot of its own fundraising as well.

For the past 20 years, the team has provided, planted and maintained plants throughout the town, and encouraged businesses to put out displays.

“We put a lot of effort into this,” said committee member Elisabeth Harden.

“We are a small committee and we do as much as we can and the residents seem very happy with what we do. We get good feedback.”

Their focus varies each year. In 2012, Steyning in Bloom paid £3,000 for pole planting along the High Street. Then the following year, the committee decided to concentrate on tub planting, bulbs in spring, planting in the town centre and providing hanging baskets on the poles at each end of the High Street.

Last year, the focus was on a spectacular town centre display to coincide with celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Steyning Grammar School.