A Hampshire community is receiving plaudits for its thriving 'In Bloom' project. This June local MP Mike Thornton launched Pilands Wood's third 'Pilands In Bloom' at the community's Summer Fayre.
The scheme sees local people planting flower bulbs, looking after plots of land and hanging baskets, and brightening up the area with colourful flowers. Local school children also get involved, helping to plant thousands of bulbs around the estate.
Chair of the local 'In Bloom' group Tony Dew (pictured below) was on hand to show Mike the progress made by the community since the project started in 2011.
This year Pilands In Bloom has received extra funding, including backing from Eastleigh Borough Council's Local Area Committee, and local people were queuing up at the 'In Bloom' summer fayre stall to get their green fingers on the plants and flowers.
After achieving a Level 2 Award in the Royal Horticultural Society ' It’s Your Neighbourhood' competition last year, Tony Dew and the community have set their sights on gaining a Level 4 or Level 5 award from the RHS in 2013.
Commenting on the project, Mike said, "This project is clearly going from strength to strength, and the new hanging baskets, flower beds and window boxes will bring an explosion of colour across the estate over the next few months. It's a tribute to the work of the community, and in particular Tony Dew, for their commitment and spirit of togetherness."
Mike added, "Tony has told me the project is aiming to get a Level 4 or Level 5 award from the RHS this year. At this rate it won't be long before Pilands Wood makes it all the way to the Chelsea Flower Show!", Mike joked.