THE Bourne Beautification Project has handed out prizes for the ‘best school-planted basket’ at South Farnham Infants School.

Councillor Carole Cockburn and volunteer Val Nye visited the school on July 9 - the day before the South East in Bloom judging proper - to congratulate the winning team of three Gabriel, Aman and Phoebe.

Pupils planted flower baskets for The Bourne on April 25. The baskets were then brought on by other members of the project and judging was by Sue Pritchard of the Lavender Hill company designer florists in The Bourne.

The main three prizes were ‘Gardening Projects for Kids’ books, while everybody won sweeties - non-PC perhaps, but much appreciated.

The Bourne Beautification Project was launched in 2013 by The Bourne councillor Carole Cockburn and Noel Moss of the Bourne Conservation Group to improve the appearance of the Lower Bourne crossroads.

It has been embraced by residents, shop keepers and businesses - and now plays a key role in Farnham’s annual entry into South and South East in Bloom.

As part of their tour of the town on July 10, this year’s in Bloom judges were shown how the Beautification project has evolved.

Farnham has entered the Large Town, Town Centre, Large Cemetery and Small Cemetery categories.

The result will be announced in early autumn.