Visitors to Holy Trinity Church, Privett over the Whitsun weekend were treated to a superbly creative exhibition of floral arrangements. The sustainability theme was evident in all the displays, none more wittily so than the floral artwork “The Re-cyclist”.

The event theme was “The Dawn of a New Carolean Age, an English Country Garden, the Arts, Crafts, Heritage and Environment“. King Charles III is associated with gardening, nature and the environment. With this in mind, none of the floral displays was created using floral foam, resulting in a naturalistic and informal flavour.

Privett resident Julia Maginnis gives a peek behind the scenes on how the festival came together.

The floral artwork featured a moss covered cyclist with a
The “Re-cyclist”: Philip Chung and Amanda Wyatt make creative use of an abandoned bicycle and hedgerow flowers

The entries from Froxfield School were a particular delight, with a display of posies in recycled tins, evoking school coat pegs, and arrangements in repurposed welly boots and toys to underline the need to support the planet with pollinator-friendly plants and recycling.

Rows of alumninium cans with colourful posies in rows, evoking school coat pegs below three arched church windows, also filled with flowers.
The Froxfield C of E Primary and Pre-School arrangement featured rows of recycled aluminium cans filled with posies
The Commonwealth by Teresa Brown
Floral display with union jack bunting underneath.
Multicultural Britain, a joyful display by Christine Stephens
8ft high floral arrangement in the font at Privett Church, with visitor dressed in turquoise top smiles to the left of the display
A visitor from Langrish admires the “Walled Garden” by Patsy Langmead

Proceeds will go to the Churches Conservation Trust, which is responsible for the upkeep of the church, which was designed by Sir A W Blomfield and built in 1876-1878. Privett Village Hall and Froxfield School will also benefit.