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Westleton Wild Flower Festival 2022

Posted on by royvickery |

Since 1966 the St Peter’s church in Westleton, Suffolk, has held an annual Wild Flower (or Wildflower, there appears to be no consensus on which is preferred) Festival, when the church is decorated with local wild flowers.

Thus it differs from other church flower festivals most of which rely on florists’ flowers, with the result that a  festival held in Cornwall in May can be little different from one held in the Peak District in September.

Until recently the Westleton Festival took place over three days, but in 2022, following two years during which no event was held due to covid-19, it was restricted to Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July.  It theme was ‘Long May She Reign – Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee’.  In addition to the arrangements in the church, many of the more obvious wild flowers in the churchyard were supplied notices providing information about them.

Other attractions included a moth-trap which was emptied so that visitors could see and discuss what had been trapped the previous night, a plant sale, craft fair and refreshments in and around the village hall.

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