Glascote community flowerbeds project is a blooming success

Jul 31, 2012 by Warren

A community project in Glascote Heath which saw volunteers digging deep to transform overgrown flower beds has yielded spectacular results.

In April, around 25 volunteers of all ages turned out with their spades, rakes and hoes to dig out and replant the terraced flower beds between Ivatt and Maitland, which had become overgrown and a magnet for rubbish.

Groups from local churches, schools and community groups, as well as residents and council staff, all got involved in transforming the flowerbeds from an eyesore into a floral delight.

The volunteers spent the day filling the beds with plants including lavender, rosemary, wallflowers, bluebells, daffodils and cornflowers, as well as sowing a wildflower mix on one side. The plants have been especially chosen to attract butterflies and bees.

And that hard work has now paid off, with the flower beds a blaze of colour – particularly on the wildflower side, where poppies, cornflowers, marigolds and other blooms are attracting butterflies, bees and even damselflies.

Glascote Heath Community Development Officer, Stuart Etheridge, said: “All that rain we have had helped to get the flowers and seeds established and with a bit of sun, the flowers have all come into bloom at once.

“Unfortunately, the rain and sun encouraged a few weeds as well, so we are very grateful to Glascote Heath Primary School, who helped us out with the weeding. The beds look lovely now and are a real tribute to the hard work put in by the community.

Glascote ARCH volunteer Tracy Smith said: “A big thank you is needed to all the residents and groups who came out and helped with this project, because without their commitment, these beautiful flowerbeds would not have come about.”

Volunteers Ken Forest, Mary Forster, Brenda Derrington and Thelma Luke with Glascote Community Development Officer Stuart Etheridge at the wildflower meadow.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the ongoing upkeep of the flower beds or adopt a bed should contact Stuart Etheridge on or ring Glascote ARCH on 01827 254933.

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