South Yorkshire village is ready to bloom

Lesley Hayes in her Thorpe Salvin Garden
Lesley Hayes in her Thorpe Salvin Garden

Residents from a South Yorkshire village are gearing up to show off their blooms at an annual gardening event.

The villagers from Thorpe Salvin, near Rotherham, have been collecting gardening awards for more than 30 years.

Lesley Hayes with Flower filled Cart in Thorpe Salvin

Lesley Hayes with Flower filled Cart in Thorpe Salvin

And now they are giving the public the chance to view their colourful creations at the annual two-day garden trail this Saturday and Sunday.

Lesley Hayes, Thorpe in Bloom chairman, said residents were looking forward to showcasing their gardens.

She said: “The trail is the result of a huge year-round effort on the part of many volunteers.

“As ever, we’re looking forward to meeting all the visitors to our village – faces old and new.

“And of course, it’s always a delight to be able to share garden tips with those who share our interests.”

The garden trail around the picturesque village has been popular since villagers first decided to enter the Royal Horticultural Society’s Village in Bloom competition in 1980.

The village achieved huge success in the competition, winning the overall prize in the best small village category on three occasions and scooping the prestigious European Entente Floral prize in 2002.

They no longer enter large-scale gardening awards.

However, residents like to keep in the spirit and still open their gardens to the public for two days each year to raise money for local charities and good causes.

This year, money will go to St Peter’s Church in the village – the event also gives visitors the chance to look around the church and the ruins of Thorpe Hall.

Admission is £5 per adult and free for children. Free parking is available.