WORTHING TOWN CENTRE INITIATIVE
SEAFRONT PLANTER COMPETITION 2021
Monday 23rd May was THE planting day in all the planters along the prom from Splash Point to opposite M&S – 43 beds in total.
The weather was unpredictable …and as Pam recalls "I’m certain everyone had been watching the gloomy forecasts with dread, so it was a relief to have worked under just a cloudy sky, even though the constant westerly wind was challenging."
The theme Pam adopted has been taken from Frederick Delius’ ‘A Walk to the Paradise Garden’ – somewhat grandiose as the WSO bed is only a metre or so square - No. 39 right opposite The Pavilion.
WSO’s ‘walk’ is over a treble clef constructed fromlittle coal nuts retrieved from under a venerable compost heap at St. Mary’s Historic House, Bramber (where Pam and Eddie are volunteers) and set
upon tiny white pebbles. On either side are the flower borders in a colour palette of bright coral, cherry red, pink, purple, white and lime green, leading to a photo of the Assembly Hall– live music venue par excellence and home to Worthing Symphony Orchestra.
The Town Centre Initiative under the amazing leadership of Sharon Clarke, generously offered up to
£30 to each entrant to select plants from a list provided by the excellent Ferring Nurseries. Pam was also free to bring in plants of her choice. .
While she was occupied with the design and choice of plants, husband Eddie (WSO Double Bass in normal times), was busy making props – a little picket fence as the entrance to the garden and frames and supports for the first page of the Delius score and Assembly Hall photo
Pam says "He was invaluable! Walking back and forth to collect water for the young plants, he even
dug out some of the planting holes and dropped in a few water crystals and a little rooting fertiliser!
Pam has her fingers crossed that the planting will thrive despite sea breezes and will help to bring colour and pleasure along the promenade as well as keeping as flying the flag for WSO. Below are pics of the bed taken on 23rd May!