Bulbs to bring a burst of spring colour to the borough

More than one million spring flowering bulbs are being planted in Telford and Wrekin as part of the borough’s Telford 50 celebrations.

Bulbs to bring a burst of spring colour to the borough

The first delivery of bulbs has arrived this week and planting will start straightaway. Over the coming weeks, a team will be planting a mix of crocuses and daffodils in various gateway locations around the borough.

The team will mostly be using a planting machine to minimise damage to the bulbs, guarantee correct planting depth and spacing, and speed up the process. The machines have a rotating blade to open the turf, a hopper on the rear to contain the bulbs and filter them onto a conveyer belt that drops the bulbs into the ground, as well as rear tyres to close the sods after planting.

Even with the help of the planting machine, the planting is expected to take up to four weeks to complete in Trench Lock, Wellington Retail Park, Hall Park Way, Telford Centre, Hollinsgate, Priorslee, Castlefield, the A5 in Priorslee, Woodside Roundabout, Garrison and Lees Farm.

These locations will be transformed into a sea of flowers in early 2019.  The crocuses will be the first to show their faces in January and February, followed by daffodils in March and April.

Councillor John Minor, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for leisure, green spaces and parks said: “Last year we planted 170,000 daffodils at Hollinsgate Mound and two other verges on Rampart way. They were a much welcome burst of colour for passing motorists and also a lifeline for early pollinators.

“A lot of people commented on how wonderful the flowers looked at the time, and next year the show will be even better. What a fantastic way to celebrate our 50th, they will bring joy for many years to come.”

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