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Bulb planting by the thousand

Getting everything in the garden looking lovely is always all about planning ahead. So efforts are already being made for Boston to do well again next year in the Britain in Bloom competition.

Pictured, from left: Ian Farmer, Boston Borough Council's partnerships and sustainability manager, Greenscaper volunteers Rachel Lauberts and Anne-Marie Mills, Jen Moore, the council's environment and sustainability officer, and Greenscaper volunteers Rob Lauberts and Peter Mills.

Volunteer gardeners from Boston Greenscapers got behind the bid when they planted about 1,000 yellow and white dwarf narcissi and about 2,000 snowdrop bulbs in the gardens at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex.

The bulbs were planted under and through turf and shrubs in drifts and should provide a welcome and colourful sight when they come through in the spring.

The bulbs were provided at a very generous discount by Boston Seeds.

This year, at its first attempt, Boston received a silver Britain in Bloom award in the large towns, East Midlands category. Boston Greenscapers, a team of volunteer gardeners who help improve and tidy areas of the town, achieved a level three award in the It's Your Neighbourhood Campaign. The maximum award for this is a level five.

Rob and Rachel took the opportunity to present Peter and Anne-Marie with their Make a Difference Day certificates after they took part as volunteers in improving the garden outside the town's Len Medlock Centre last month (October).

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) organised the event following funding and support from local neighbourhood group Witham Central Neighbourhood Action Group.

Boston's Johnsons Garden Centre supported the event by donating their expertise in designing the plots, advising on the most suitable plants and delivering them to the centre. 

Peter and Anne-Marie, left and right, receiving their Make a Difference certificates from Rob and Rachel.

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