Brandon in Bloom’s project to plant one bulb for every resident captures imagination of town

Brandon in Bloom have received a £3,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help Scheme to put towards planting

Brandon in Bloom have received a £3,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help Scheme to put towards planting 26,500 bulbs in the town. Pictured are (from left) Victor Lukaniuk, Terry Hawkins, Rachel Sobiechowski, Sue Laffling and Gary Brocklehurst. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A community will come together to plant 9,000 flowers in their town - one for each resident - thanks a funding boost.

Brandon in Bloom have received a £3,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help Scheme to put towards planting

Brandon in Bloom have received a £3,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help Scheme to put towards planting 26,500 bulbs in the town. Pictured is Rachel Sobiechowski. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, Brandon in Bloom applied for £1,000 in order to plant the spring flowering Dutch Masters daffodils throughout the town.

Residents voted and the project won - but so impressed were Tesco with the idea that Brandon in Bloom were asked to submit for another grant and were given another £2,000.

The plan is still to plant the 9,000 daffodils but 9,000 crocus and 8,400 native bulbs - including snowdrops, English bluebells and wild garlic - will also be planted.

The 26,400 bulbs, enough to cover 60sqm, will be planted in 32 areas around the town.


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The whole community will be involved, from the youngest to the oldest - with planting to be done by residents, schools, day care centres and nursing homes, churches and organisations.

'The ultimate aim is to make the town as colourful as possible and attract wildlife,' said Rachel Sobiechowski, who started Brandon in Bloom and is also the owner of P&R Garden Supplies.

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On gaining the funding, she said: 'It is absolutely fantastic. It is quite unbelievable really and we had so many people vote for us in store.

'The community backing we have had has been unbelievable.'

On Saturday, September 23 between 9.30am and 10.30am, representatives of the organisations will be collecting their bulbs from the garden centre.

Tools, fertiliser and compost will also be given out with the grant covering the costs.

The first flowers to bloom will be the snowdrops in January and the rest should show their colours through until mid-June.

Miss Sobiechowski added: 'The idea is the bulbs will be planted over the same weekend and week.

'In spring it will look really lovely.'

Two new gardens of wildflowers, totalling 40sqm, are also set to be created and both will support a range of species.

One will be on the Paddocks Estate on an open area close to Thetford Forest.

The second will be along Bury Road, where two trees have already been planted on the site.

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