Council volunteers create stunning flower beds in city parks

04/07/2017, PR8594

Traditional, formal flower beds at Thornes Park
Traditional, formal flower beds at Thornes Park

Dedicated volunteers have paid and cared for 18,000 plants - which have been used to create over 30 stunning flower beds in Wakefield Council’s parks.

Members of the Friends of Clarence, Holmesfield and Thornes Park organised fundraising events to buy the plants. Together with the Council’s day opportunities services, young adults with learning difficulties tended to the brightly coloured summer bedding plants, which included geranium, salvia, lobelia and alyssum, in the nursery over three months.

Wakefield Council apprentices and staff then took on the task of planting up all 34 flower beds in the Thornes Park flower garden.

They have created a series of eye-catching, formal summer flower beds which have been a feature of British public parks since Victorian times.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: “On behalf of the Council I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who have given their time to care for the plants and took on the mammoth task of planting the flower beds.

“This is the third year that volunteers have been involved in creating these magnificent floral displays, and without their time and dedicated this simply wouldn’t have been possible.

“Well done to everyone for their hard work. I’m sure park users will enjoy these special summer displays.”

The Council has over 400 volunteers involved in services including in parks, libraries, at the Castles, and supporting health and youth services in the district.

There are also a wide range of volunteer roles to look into with local charities and in the community.

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A flower bed at Thornes Park

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