HAILSHAM: Gardening volunteers to plant 10,000 bulbs in town

GREEN-fingered gardeners are being encouraged to sign up for a scheme to plant 10,000 bulbs across Hailsham.

Anyone not averse to a bit of trowel-wielding can take part in the bid to cover the town in daffodils, tulips and narcissi bulbs as Hailsham Town Council aims to brighten up the area.

Volunteers will join a small army of councillors in targeting beds and pots in South Road, Western Road, Ersham Road, Vicarage Lane, St Mary’s churchyard and a host of other sites.

The campaign, organised by the council’s Hailsham In Bloom committee, follows on from the previous three years of successful planting of spring bulbs, which brightened up neglected areas in Hailsham and brought a splash of colour to the town in the spring.

Deputy mayor and chairman of Hailsham In Bloom, Councillor Richard Grocock, said, “For the past three years, we have been able to benefit from the planting of well over 25,000 visible spring bulbs – over and above what would normally be available for us as a working group thanks to generous donations from local businesses – improving many of the town’s verges and public open spaces.

“We hope more volunteers will come forward in November to help us in this year’s planting campaign.

“We know lots of you love gardening, whether it’s your own back garden, a community space or an allotment, and everyone is welcome to help out, get a little exercise and enjoy bulb planting with the Hailsham In Bloom team.

“It will be a great moment to see the volunteers working on the bulb planting in Hailsham and volunteers are encouraged to bring their family and friends back in the spring to see the bulbs they planted in full bloom.”

Organisers are also on the look-out for anyone who is able to donate spring bulbs as well as those who are happy to don their gardening gloves to dig them in.

If you are interested in helping contact Hailsham Town Council on 841702 or email terry.hall@hailsham-tc.gov.uk.