The Verwood and District Horticultural Society (VDHS) held its Open Spring Show on Saturday, March 11, with more than 280 exhibits displayed from around 60 local entrants.

The society was going to close down at the annual general meeting in February due to a lack of volunteers to lead the group.

However, Ollie Greensmith, 43, put his name forward at the last minute to ensure the 76-year-old society continued.

Ollie said: “It seemed a shame to let the Society fold, so I raised my hand, I’ve always had a passion for gardening, and wanted to make sure our club continued to meet.”

Ollie is keen to emphasise that you don’t need to be a gardener to enjoy the club.

He said: “You don’t need to be green fingered to be a member. In fact, some of our members don’t even have a garden.”

Looking at the increased numbers of people visiting the show this year, new members already signing up, and a new enthusiastic chair, the Verwood and District Horticultural Society is set to grow and flourish over the coming years.

The VDHS meets on the first Thursday of every month at Verwood Memorial Hall. Click here for more information.