Fantastic Festival of Flowers

Visitors flocked to St Mary's church to view the harvest-themed flower festival.

The first flower festival in Buriton for 15 years was spread over three days in early October and it was immediately hailed as a great success.

Organiser Margaret Davis said: ?There were lots of visitors - we were thrilled. It was fantastic.?

Unusually warm weather brought visitors out in their droves - and helped to raise about £1,600 towards the lighting and re-wiring project for the church.

Floral arrangements included a milk churn on its side with a cascade of white blooms flowing out of it - and elsewhere vegetables were cleverly interspersed with flowers, including small carrots arranged to look like candles.

Homemade cakes and fresh tea were also popular with visitors as they took in the wonder of the floral show.

Planning for the festival had started at Christmas and took a long time to organise so that every display was perfect and nothing jarred when brought together.