Green-fingered businesses go head-to-head to bring colour to precinct

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  • Waterlooville businesses get creative with horticultural displays for competition
  • Phone shop owner picked up the win for his colourful arrangement
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A TOWN precinct has become ‘brighter and more colourful’ after green-fingered businesses entered an annual competition.

Businesses’ horticultural displays were judged and talented schools from across the area provided musical entertainment at Waterlooville Bandstand to celebrate Waterlooville In Bloom.

Paul Traill, owner of The Mobile Phone Repair Doctor in London Road Waterlooville, and staff receive an award from the Mayoress of Havant Cllr Faith Ponsonby and her husband Michael

Paul Traill, owner of The Mobile Phone Repair Doctor in London Road Waterlooville, and staff receive an award from the Mayoress of Havant Cllr Faith Ponsonby and her husband Michael

The competition sees businesses in the town’s precinct go head-to-head to create the most colourful horticultural arrangement.

This year saw Paul Traill, owner of The Mobile Phone Repair Doctor in London Road, pick up the trophy for his multicoloured arrangement of cyclamen, geraniums and ivy. He said: ‘I was delighted to win.

‘The whole competition is all about sprucing up the precinct and making it more colourful, so were delighted just to take part.

‘We want more people to be using the precinct, so I think this is a great way to draw people in and it also brings a bit of healthy competition between the local businesses.’

It is a lovely idea to help bring more people into the area and I think it’s been successful as the precinct is brighter and more colourful

Councillor Faith Ponsonby, Mayor of Havant

Councillor Faith Ponsonby, Mayor of Havant, decided on Mr Traill’s arrangement as the deserved winner.

She said: ‘It was a very hard choice to pick a winner as there were some beautiful arrangements, but Paul brought in a lovely mix of colours which just made it really stand out for me.’

‘It is a lovely idea to help bring more people into the area and I think it’s been successful as the precinct is brighter and more colourful.’

The announcement of the winner drew in a crowd by the bandstand with musical groups from Purbrook Park School, Cowplain Community School, Horndean Technology College and Crookhorn College providing entertainment.