A sight to behold
The island’s top gardeners received recognition for their efforts, as local MP Alan Mak presented prizes at Hayling Island Horticultural Society (HIHS)’s Summer Show.
Founded in 1886, the society now encompasses nearly 900 households as members. The HIHS’s activities include a thriving trading centre where members can purchase gardening supplies at favourable prices, three flower shows a year, talks and demos, organised day trips, and a ‘100 + Club’ which offers companionship and friendly advice for gardeners.
Mr Mak presented awards for categories ranging from sweet peas and roses to cookery and handicraft. The show was complimented by afternoon tea and homemade cakes, as residents contributed in force to the seasonal festivities.
The HIHS takes the lead in a range of community activities, including the Growing Together campaign to unite local children, for example from Mengham Junior School, and elder residents to look after the local environment.
HIHS volunteers often work in collaboration with schools to educate youngsters on the importance of tree planting and maintain local flora and fauna populations.
Chairman Bill Biggs said: “We were, once again, delighted to welcome local MP Alan Mak, who had again kindly agreed to present the Trophies to the various class winners. The magnificent display of Championship Classes of Roses and Sweet Peas were a sight and smell to behold!”