Thursday, 6 November 2008

Darnall is blooming - even in the Autumn

Darnall in Bloom will be launched next week by community groups and local volunteers working with Darnall Forum, Darnall Green Spaces Regeneration Project, Darnall Community Forestry and Streetforce.

Outside Darnall Library between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday 12 November you can meet volunteers and workers involved in Darnall in Bloom, as well as picking up some FREE seed sticks to take home. Inside the library there will be a special collection of books on gardening, wildlife, and cookery for anyone who wants to get more involved. Darnall residents can also find out how to get their hands on FREE fruit trees to plant in their gardens.

From 1.30pm there will be a tree planting session in Darnall Cemetery. Two majestic pin-oaks will be planted at the entrance to the Cemetery. This pyramidal tree is one of the most graceful of oaks, with its slender branches gently drooping at their tips, and a stunning red autumnal colour. Please join us and get green-fingered! Learn how to plant a tree and provide benefits to local people and wildlife. All tools are provided but bring sturdy footwear and dress for the autumn weather.

Local children have also been doing their bit, drawing flowers to form part of a banner and getting their hands dirty by planting bulbs and trees. An example of their art work is attached.

Councillor Mary Lea said “This has been the culmination of a lot of hard work by local people. The local area panel, made up of councillors for Darnall Ward, decided that it was time the street scene in Darnall got a makeover and we hope that residents appreciate the changes that have already been made.” As a prelude to the official launch there have been barrier troughs and lamppost wraps of flowers funded by the council, Forward Investment and the Open Gate Trust.