‘Bloomers’ aim to build £5,000 garden for all

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A “virtually undiggable” plot is going to be transformed into a community garden if Sutton Bridge In Bloom manages to raise £5,000.

The Bloom team are applying for grants so they can create a new garden in the grounds of The Curlew Centre, in Bridge Road.

It will have a six-seater bench, three pathways, mature planting and greenery to create year-round interest so it becomes a place for people of all ages to sit and unwind.

The site is next to an outdoor mural created to celebrate London 2012 and hasn’t been developed so far because it’s proved almost impossible to dig.

In Bloom member Janet Blundell said: “The idea behind the project is to make something that is available to the whole of the community.

“It will be somewhere where people can relax and take the weight of their feet, a place where a range of plants and shrubs will provide colour and focus throughout the year.

“The planting will be a blend of shrubs, grasses, perennials, bulbs and annuals to give all year round interest, colour and fragrance.

“In addition two new trees will be planted and will be especially chosen for the small space.”

The plot will also feature new artwork with a montage of Sutton Bridge landmarks.

Mrs Blundell said it’s hoped professional gardeners will do the spade work because the Bloomers themselves found the digging too hard going.

She said: “We did about a couple of feet but it was just too much.”

Sutton Bridge in Bloom has approached five different contractors to help with the work, including hard landscaping.

Meanwhile, the Bloom team has some planters on the site to add a splash of colour.

• To join In Bloom or help it projects please call chairman Roxane Freezor on 01406 359827.