Hanging baskets will be highlight of Chipping in Bloom 2011

Chipping in bloom hanging basket day
Chipping in bloom hanging basket day

DESPITE the wild and windy conditions around 20 people attended the Chipping in Bloom’s fourth annual Hanging Basket Day held behind Brabins Shop and Gallery on Talbot Street, by permission of Paul and Laura Hunt.

Local resident Andy Aspinall had erected a large gazebo to shelter the participants from the elements for his demonstration.

Andy works for Plant Impact Ltd., Preston, an international eco-friendly plant nutrition company, but he previously owned his own business supplying hanging baskets and tubs to local councils and hotel chains.

His vast amount of knowledge was evident as he demonstrated his unique take on the subject, passing on plenty of hints and tips to the spellbound audience.

Once his masterclass was over everyone was eager to try their hand at creating their own displays with Andy on hand to give a helping hand where necessary.

Some beautiful baskets were produced and there’s no doubt that they will provide a stunning display when the North West in Bloom judges visit the village in August.

●After a number of requests on the day, Andy is producing some notes of ideas and these will shortly available on the website at www.chippinginbloom.org.uk together with a gallery of photographs and a video.