Schools’ bloomin’ good idea

Some of those who took part in the bulb planting project. Picture by Adam Martin
Some of those who took part in the bulb planting project. Picture by Adam Martin

COMMUNITY spirit was in full force at Hartfield Square as Upperton ward councillors launched the largest bulb planting scheme the council has ever undertaken.

Pupils from St Thomas a Becket School were digging deep with parents, police and councillors who have invested £4,800 from their devolved budget to plant a vast array of colourful blooms in all but two of the ward’s grass verges. This means that every park, garden and open space within the ward will be illuminated by the new bulbs.

The pioneering scheme follows consultation with town residents who said they wanted Upperton to be “more green” and Councillors Alun Cooke, Tom Liddiard and Annabelle West said they were lighted to be part of the exciting project.

Cllr Liddiard said, “Many people have requested that Upperton is made an even more attractive place to live and we are thrilled to respond to this. The majority of Upperton’s green areas will enjoy a blaze of colourful glory next year and for years to come.”

Pupils from Pashely Down Infants, Motcombe Community Infant School and Ocklynge Junior School have also been planting at Gildredge Park and Cavendish School students have helped brighten the borders of Upperton Gardens. The Landscape Group has been working hard to help make the project possible and Manor Gardens got a green makeover with the help of the Friends of Manor Gardens.

Cllr Cooke said, “We are really encouraged by the responses that we have received following the announcement that we are carrying out the largest planting scheme the council has yet to be involved in. Upperton really is going green.”

Cllr West said, “It is so rewarding to see that young people from many of the local schools have been involved as it will encourage them to take care of their local area. It will also help to promote a sense of social responsibility, knowing that they helped to make a positive contribution to their community.”