WITH wheelbarrows instead of weapons, a garrison of gardeners invaded Herne Bay last Tuesday. Their mission was to brighten up the town by adding flowers ordered by the Herne Bay In Bloom team to planters around the area. From Beltinge to Beacon Hill, they dug, watered and planted hundreds of plug plants that will grow into a floral fantasia. It is part of the group’s bid to keep the Bay blooming and encourage residents to take pride in their town. Bloom spokeswoman Colleen Ashwin-Kean said:
“We had a fantastic day and I would like to thank all those who came along to help with the planting. We had 16 volunteers in the end which was wonderful because it made it so much easier. The plants were, as usual, excellent quality so thank you to John Worrell of Worrell Nurseries in Canterbury for supplying them. Everyone worked very hard and the planters, tubs and barrels will hopefully be very colourful once the plants start to grow.”
As well as the town centre displays, volunteers added new plants to the garden on the Downs near the Kings Hall and to tubs in Beltinge. The group is now appealing to businesses and residents to help keep them watered so they will last all summer. Mrs Ashwin-Kean added:
“All offers of help are welcome, whether it’s ten minutes once a week or a business taking responsibility for the planter outside their shop. It’s a lot of work for one person but if everyone mucks in then it’s a much easier task.”
To 9et involved, call 07540 392916, e-mail email@example.com or find Herne Bay In Bloom on Facebook.
Herne Bay Times, June 18th 2014