South Wootton in Bloom is looking for many hands to help make light work.

The group needs volunteers to help with community projects, planting, maintaining flower beds and watering. Even just an hour of time would be appreciated, it says.

Judges from Anglia in Bloom are due to visit the village on July 16 and the group would like to bag another excellent award.

The gold award-winning village is holding its popular open gardens next Saturday and Sunday, with a dozen gardens to browse from 1pm to 5pm.

Tomorrow, there will be a village fete on the green and In Bloom members will be selling plants, bric-a-brac, notebooks and note pads to raise money and promote the group.

The stall will be manned from 11am to 6pm and the message is come and  speak to the team.

Tickets will also be on sale for the open gardens.

If you cannot make the fete, open garden tickets can be bought from the parish office on both days of the event from 12.30pm.

The cost is £5 per person. Route maps and addresses have been printed on the tickets.

In Bloom secretary, Jan Downer, said: “We do hope everyone enjoys this event and it is a good chance to chat to fellow gardeners and see what is grown in our area.

“You may be surprised at some of the plants. Gardeners are never lost for something to talk about and swap ideas.”

The In Bloom group has been  in existence for ten years.

Mrs Downer said the aim has been to enhance the village with the help of the community.

She added local school children had also come on board and have been busy planting at the school.