Parish in Bloom

Last Spring following consultation with the Hampshire County Council Highways Department and with sponsorship received from ExxonMobil, Fawley Parish Council launched a project to bring colour and interest to the centre of Blackfield.

The Grounds Team built planters from oak rail sleepers which were planted up by the Copthorne Nursery in Fawley and then installed at several locations in Blackfield with planters being sponsored by Tescos and Sainsburys.

Other local businesses were approached to come on board not just for the sponsoring of a planter but to assist with watering duties!

Clerk to Fawley Parish Council Steve Postlethwaite, said ” We have had such a positive response to this that the Parish Council has decided to expand the idea for 2017 and so you may have already seen more planters in and around Blackfield and some in The Square, Fawley.”

A big thank you to local businesses Tescos Express, Sainsburys Local, The Hideaway Café, Baileys Builders Ltd, Blackfield Bakery, Sweeney Togs, Hairport and Nobles Fishing for their sponsorship in 2017, to those that have agreed to help with watering duties and to volunteer Mike Delauney who cuts the grass around the planters and Mandy Leigh and her team at Copthorne who have assisted the grounds team immensely.”

ExxonMobil have again sponsored the project this year – Alison Jones, ExxonMobil Community Affairs Manager added “I believe that the collaboration of the Council and all the businesses can only be viewed as positive and of course, the local community benefit from seeing the wonderful flower displays”.

If you would like to join our Parish in Bloom project either to sponsor a planter or to assist with watering then please do contact the Parish Council on 023 8089 0761 or email

Picture taken by Linda Morris, ExxonMobil shows
Dave Bailey, Baileys Builders Ltd, David German Sweeney Togs, Callum Bunday Sainsburys Local, Matt Smith, Kevin Bartlett Tesco Express, Steve Postlethwaite Fawley Parish Council, Alison Jones ExxonMobil, stood on the wall Fiona Jarman Sweeney Togs, Mandy Leigh Copthorne Nursery, Jason Mansbridge Grounds Manager FPC, Heath Stainton Copthorne Nursery, Mike Delauney volunteer, Naomi Gregory FPC Grounds Team, Sarah Cooper Blackfield Bakery & Paula James Hideaway Café.