PETALS are being primed ahead of this year’s Bickerton Flower Festival.

The four-day event which takes place from Friday, May 31 - Monday, June 2 at Bickerton Church, marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Flower arrangers from the church, members of Malpas Flower Club and the Bickerton and Bickley Mothers Union have combined their talents to create displays representing different aspects of the Coronation, from the Royal Procession and ceremonial robes to the celebrations of the Queen’s subjects holding thousands of street parties across the realm.

From 10am there will be a plant stall, refreshments and stalls of home produce, cakes, books and bric a brac in the church grounds.

And visitors will also be able to visit the gardens at nearby Bank House on Goldford Lane, which are being opened this year by keen gardeners and National Garden Scheme members Mike and Penny Voisey to raise church funds.

The two acre gardens, which feature formal beds and borders, a wooded area, a traditional vegetable patch and a Millennium Garden boasts far reaching views of the Cheshire countryside, and boasts an extensive tree and plant collection, including azaleas and rhododendrons as well as tree peonies, strawberry and pineapple trees, acers and dogwoods.

Organiser Kate Holland said: “Following last year’s celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, we decided this year to focus on the Coronation itself.

“Bickerton Church’s flower festival is always a popular event and attracts hundreds of visitors so we are hoping that families will enjoy a good day out in this wonderful area of Cheshire.”

Tickets cost £5 and are available at Bickerton Church.