SUMMER plans are beginning to bloom after the introduction of a very literal flowerbed in Andover town centre last weekend.

Members from Andover Trees United took to High Street last Saturday to build a mini-garden featuring various items of bedroom furniture.

Wendy Davis, from Andover Trees United, said: “We wanted to make the high street pretty. It needs more colour; it needs more plants.

“We wanted to put something pretty into the high street that people would enjoy, and not just something that’s pretty but something people can learn from as well.”

Wendy says that members of the public also got involved in Saturday’s efforts, with gardeners and DIY experts joining in the fun.

“There was one lovely gentleman who was wincing at our efforts to use the drill, so he got involved,” she said.

The installation is part of the group’s Flowerbed Storytime project, which will lead to a special storytelling event later this month, and Saturday’s bed-building was the latest step in bringing that plan to life.

Wendy added: “Every good bedroom has story time so as part of the project we are bringing in a storyteller who on Sunday, June 30, will be there telling stories about wildflowers and meadow flowers and people can come and listen to the stories.”

At the end of the summer, the flowers will then be taken from High Street and re-potted at Andover Trees United’s Harmony Woods site.

The Flowerbed Storytime project is funded by a grant from Kew Gardens’ Grow Wild initiative, which has also given two coveted Grow Wild youth awards to Andover Trees United’s 13-year-old members, Izzy Taylor and Grace Davis.

Izzy and Grace were involved in Saturday’s flowerbed building and will soon be showcasing a project of their own project incorporating 360 degree cameras and VR headsets as part of an immersive 3D visual experience.