Market is set to draw the crowds

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MARKET Rasen’s Spring Gardeners’ Market is sure to pull the crowds into the town centre when it takes place next Saturday, June 4.

A gardeners’ market in Rasen is normally a sure sign that summer is on the way, and this year’s event will feature around 20 stalls selling everything you could possibly need for your garden.

With displays lined up from 12 specialist nurseries, this is the perfect opportunity for people to source top-quality horticultural equipment and plants right on their doorstep

This year’s market, which will take place in the Market Place, is being organised by the town council and a small group of volunteers.

Steve Penney, from Waltham Herbs, is one of the volunteer organisers of this year’s event.

He said: “It brings people into Market Rasen and over the past few years it has become a calendar event – and it ties into the regular market as well.

“It gets people to stop and have a look around Market Rasen who would not normally do so, but it is also attractive to the locals as it brings into the town a number of garden suppliers which offer specialist goods not usually available in the area.

“This has always been one of our best shows of the year as a supplier. It’s on a par with the Lincolnshire Show, so I hope it will be good for everyone in the area and the public come and support us and support the town.”

As well as offering plants, including alpines, perennials, shrubs, soft fruit, lavenders, grasses, hanging baskets, fruit and vegetables and bedding plants, the market will also have craft and charity stalls.

Mr Penney added: “We are not having the usual catering vans this year because we want people to come and use the local facilities and visit the restaurants and bars and various shops for the good of the town.

“We have been very well supported by the local community and we want to see this event taking place again.

“And we have all of the high-profile garden suppliers who attended last year in attendance again.”

The free event is only taking place on the Saturday between 9am and 4pm this year, but the organisers hope to take it back to a full weekend event in 2012.