In Bloom team learns flower tips

MEMBERS of Bognor Regis in Bloom have found out what it takes to get the golden touch.

The enthusiasts were among those at a seminar who were told a community effort was the key to success in the flower-power competition.

They heard from representatives from Wimborne Minster in Dorset about its rise to become the country’s top small town last year. The man in charge of Bournemouth’s floral displays also passed on his secrets. Bognor has a history of doing well with its entries in South and South East in Bloom but the team attended the event in Alton to pick up tips on how to do even better.

South and South East in Bloom trustee and judge Jean Griffin ran through a number of handy hints to ensure they gave themselves the best possible chance of securing top marks when the judges visit in July.

South and South East in Bloom has been sponsored and supported by Southern Water for 12 years. Its public affairs manager, Andy Shaddick, told delegates they would be unsurprised to learn all its water resources were full after the wettest year on record in England.

He explained how Southern Water was consulting the public about its views on how and where it should invest between 2015 and 2020.