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People power helps Holbeach to bloom again




Holbeach is officially blooming after a huge community effort to fill the town with flowers.

Holbeach in Bloom volunteers spent Tuesday filling planters in the chuchyard with the flowers they have spent more than 300 hours tending to in a greenhouse off Damgate.

Chairman Graham Rudkin says that people don’t realise the efforts put in to create such beautiful displays.

Holbeach in Bloom: Graham Rudkin and Brian Ward in the greenhouse where hundreds of plants have been grown. (47769926)
Holbeach in Bloom: Graham Rudkin and Brian Ward in the greenhouse where hundreds of plants have been grown. (47769926)

He said: “It is a mammoth task and people don’t realise what goes into it.

“We have more than 400 baskets and planters in the town so a lot goes into it. We must have spent more than 300 hours in the greenhouse since the end of March.

“Brian Ward very kindly donates all of his time and lets us have the greenhouse for free - we are really quite lucky to have this set up.”

Among the volunteers working to plant the beautiful blooms was newly elected chairman of South Holland District Council Paul Redgate.

Holbeach in Bloom: SHDC Chairman Coun Paul Redgate gets his hands dirty (47769930)
Holbeach in Bloom: SHDC Chairman Coun Paul Redgate gets his hands dirty (47769930)

Coun Redgate was happy to get his hands dirty and hopes to encourage others to do the same.

He said: “It’s so important that our towns look bright and vibrant so that we can encourage people to visit.

“I don’t think people realise how much effort goes into it and what the volunteers do.

“Hopefully as we come out of lockdown more people will come and get involved as if more volunteers were able to support it this would make a world of difference in terms of longevity.

“People only need to give a few hours of their time and the difference this work makes to Holbeach is incredible. It’s been fantastic to have the opportunity to come out and help. I want to engage and help with projects throughout the area and I’m more than happy to get my hands dirty.”

Holbeach residents Leanne Murphy and Nikki Simmons also joined in the work with their children.

Leanne said: “It’s really nice for the kids to get involved and it will be lovely to bring them back and show them what they did.”



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