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Council puts down roots for a brighter future

News release 9832, published on 24 Nov 2020
Basingstoke will be blooming next spring following the planting of Dutch bulbs on Churchill Way East.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s spring flower display on the grass verge outside Eastrop Park will feature tulips, daffodils, crocus, muscari, fritillaria, scilla, chionodoxa, wild hyacinth and purple alliums.

The bespoke selection of blooms, unique to Basingstoke, will welcome visitors and workers coming into town from the M3 and A339, as well as attracting insects such as bees.

They are expected to provide flowers over a longer period than normal and will naturalise in the area, with no future replanting necessary.

Bees will benefit from the much-needed nectar source early in the year. This is a crucial time as bees are becoming active in increasing numbers earlier in the season and can be depleted due to a lack of food source.

The borough council’s grounds maintenance team will delay mowing the area until much later next year to allow the bulbs to flourish naturally.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “It is important that when people travel into our borough and our town centre we make a good impression, and this colourful display of springtime flowers at Churchill Way East will not only give a boost of colour but will also provide nectar to attract and increase the local bee population.

“The bulb planting scheme is part of our commitment to improve the main gateways into Basingstoke town and I hope more floral displays will enhance other areas in the future.”

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