Stunning floral interpretations and displays will greet visitors attending this year’s Hemingford Abbots Flower Festival on 29 and 30 June. The beautiful Grade 1 St Margaret’s Church will be brought to life when over 3,000 blooms, of all sorts of flowers and colours, are used in the creation of the theme for this year’s Festival of ‘And God Planted a Garden Eastward in Eden.’

Following almost 18 months of planning, developing themes and ideas and allocating the use of every single stem; the Flower Guild team of 28 members will decorate the church to wow visitors from the moment they enter the church via the Bell Tower.

Bridget Flanagan, Chair of the Flower Guild, said: ‘I am always very proud of the team and amazed at the high standards that we achieve from a small village group. There’s a lot of talent and love and it shows.’ She continues: ‘This festival we will be looking at, and using, alternative ways to create the displays and reduce the amount of the old florist oasis used due to its poor green credentials.

So where we can we will try to use other methods, and mechanics, to hold the flowers in place such as chicken wire and moss.’ In addition to the church and gardens, visitors can enjoy a fine display of historical cars, Morris Dancers outside the thatched village pub, river trips or just sit and relax with a traditional afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings listening to a brass band and watching the world go by.

Gardens are open from 12noon – 6pm. Costs :£8 per day programme or £13 for a weekend programme per person. Under 18s free of charge as is car parking.

The proceeds from this event will be put towards the maintenance and restoration of St Margaret’s Church, Hemingford Abbots.For more information visit www.hemingfordabbots.org.uk