Summer planting season begins for Norwich in Bloom

Work on the city's summer floral displays got under way yesterday as students took part in the first Norwich in Bloom planting session for the coming season.

Members of City College Norwich's foundation studies spent yesterday at the Assembly House planting this year's first Norwich in Bloom summer bedding display, which is to be a colourful show of mostly red geraniums.

The plants have been grown at the college's horticultural nursery along with 25,000 other plants mainly in red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee. As well as The Assembly House, the plants will be distributed to other areas of the city, including the Royal British Legion community caf�, The Mall Norwich, Norwich Cathedral and Harry Perry Close sheltered housing scheme. The Friends of Norwich in Bloom also work in partnership with HM Prison Services Norwich who are growing 54,000 summer bedding plants for civic and community floral displays.

Terry Bane, the Friends of Norwich in Bloom chairman, said: 'Both City College and HM Prison Services do an amazing job as the Norwich in Bloom 'Growing Team.' 'Their enthusiasm and commitment along with our generous sponsors keep our floral bedding displays sustained for so many people to enjoy.'

The Friends of Norwich in Bloom is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Norwich has been selected as one of the entrants for the national RHS Britain in Bloom competition. For more about Norwich in Bloom visit www.norwichinbloom.co.uk


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