Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, visited the Burton Pidsea in Bloom group to see them in action and lend a hand to help around the village.
Burton Pidsea in Bloom is a community group created in 2019 to enable villagers to come together to help the environment, meet new people and add a bit of colour to the village through planting and maintaining flower beds. They put beautiful plants around street signs and benches, plant fruit trees, and create rose beds on verges to make the village look vibrant.
The group’s long-term ambition is to enter Burton Pidsea into Britain in Bloom, the prestigious annual competition hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, which encourages people to come together to take pride in their community and make their village look its best.
During his visit, Graham met some of the volunteers from the group including the Chairperson Carol, the Vice Chair Kerry and the Treasurer Joan. He was joined by Samantha Whyte, the council candidate for Mid Holderness, and they learned about the work the group is doing to bring people together to decorate the village and help the environment. Graham helped tidy a flowerbed and plant a fruit tree.
Following his visit, Graham Stuart said: “Carol, Kerry, Joan and their team have made Burton Pidsea even more beautiful through their green-fingered work. I was impressed by their friendly welcome and can see how being a part of their group just makes you feel better as well as the satisfaction you get from helping to create something beautiful.
“I was pleased to play a small part in decorating the village by tidying a flowerbed and planting a fruit tree under Carol’s direction. In my humble opinion Burton Pidsea In Bloom deserves recognition for making the village look so colourful and attractive.”
Carol Sanderson, Chair of Burton Pidsea in Bloom, said: “The Burton Pidsea in Bloom team would like to thank Graham for taking time to learn more about our work. We are a small community group who seek to enhance the village both aesthetically and environmentally through planting.
“We hope that by improving our natural spaces it will encourage more residents to appreciate our village. The group is open to anyone, we provide an opportunity for residents to connect and improve both physical health and mental wellbeing through a common interest.
“We really enjoyed showing Graham around and sharing how we are improving our village through planting. It was lovely that he joined in with some of the planting and tidying of flower beds.”