RESIDENTS of an Exmoor village are being encouraged to prepare their entries for the annual flower show which takes place next month.

Wootton Courtenay Flower and Produce Show takes place in the village hall on August 6.

Show chairman Ingrid Popplewell said: “It has not been an easy growing year, but plants generally do seem to be coming on at last and with a month to go, there will be flowers, fruit, vegetables, and herbs worthy of showing.

“It is not about perfection. We want as many people to take part as possible.

“It is definitely not just about winning prizes.

“For me, it is about celebrating the growers, makers, and bakers of our village to create a joyful and vibrant display in the village hall for everybody who comes along to enjoy.

“This will be my third summer in Wootton Courtenay, and I have been so impressed by the two shows I have been to, so please help make this one just as good, or possibly even better.”

Some changes this year include the photography category becoming an exhibition of all the entries rather than a competition, and needlecraft being divided into two sections for knitting and crochet and for sewing and embroidery.

Ms Popplewell said an information sheet was available to help villagers consider and prepare their entries, paper copies of which were kept in the village shop.

The show raises funds to support the village’s garden club and last year saw a record amount of more than £650.