Green-fingered Belgrave residents dig in for bulb planting

Tuesday, 18th November 2014

RESIDENTS and community groups in Belgrave turned out in force for two bulb planting sessions last week – with 3,500 bulbs being planted along the banks on Field Farm Road.

More than 3,500 bulbs were planted by volunteers during two sessions last Thursday and Sunday. The bulbs were bought by Belgrave Residents Association, with the help of a grant from County Councillor Brian Jenkins’s Community Fund.

The bulbs have been specially chosen to attract bees and butterflies, and will flower at different times. The flowers will not only cheer up the area but will also provide an early food source to insects.

The planting was led by Belgrave Community Development Officer Stuart Etheridge, who said around 20 volunteers turned out across the two days to take part in the planting, including Cllr Joy Goodall and Cllr Brian Jenkins.

There will be a final planting day to finish off the project, at a date to be confirmed. Any volunteers who would be interested in taking part should keep an eye on the community notice boards outside Tamworth Community Fire Station and the Exley Centre, where the date and time will be advertised once it has been confirmed.

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for Environment and Waste Management, said: “It was very positive that so many people gave up their time to take part in a planting project which not only has a benefit for the local environment, but which also brings people together.

“I would like to thank all those people who organised the planting and those who came along to get involved and make a difference.”