Thousands of bulbs planted by volunteers in Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens

Published on 20th November 2018

volunteers digging in memorial gardens

Award winning Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens to benefit from volunteers planting colourful perennials

Around 1,000 daffodil bulbs have been planted at Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens thanks to volunteers and staff from Cheltenham Borough Council.

The Friends of Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and the council’s green space team also planted 200 summer snowflake bulbs (Leucojum Aesivum ‘Gravetye Giant’) which will flower with the daffodils in the spring.

Around 4,000 red and yellow tulips (Tulip Clusiana var Chrysantha) are also set to be planted early next year to give a further burst of colour.

Graham Gage, Friends of Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens coordinator, said: “It’s always good fun when we come together to plant the bulbs and the Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens is a wonderful community space which benefits everyone.

‘’We’re also celebrating our national Green Flag Award for the gardens which recognises the best green spaces in the country. This is particularly pleasing as our cheerful group of volunteers work throughout the year to create and maintain this wonderful garden and the Green Flag Award is a fantastic achievement.”

Adam Reynolds green space development manager added: ‘’I’m delighted that the new perennial planting in Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens is proving to be very popular. Visitors and residents will see a creative and exciting new style of planting in a number of the town’s green spaces over the coming months.’

Adam continued: ‘’Over the next few years Cheltenham Borough Council will be changing selected green space flower beds from seasonal bedding into permanent perennial planting schemes that will benefit biodiversity, bees and other pollinating insects and will significantly save on the use of water and other resources.”

To find out more about how to become a green space volunteer please visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk/greenspacevolunteers


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