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Local gardening enthusiasts who took part in a Redbridge Council led community planting initiative have helped bring the borough to bloom.
Thousands of beautiful flowers have been popping up in green spaces around the borough thanks to the collective efforts of those took part in Redbridge Council’s ‘Big Bulb Giveaway’, which saw the council give out 50,000 bulbs to the community for free to be planted in time for the buds to bloom in spring.
Individuals, families, schools and community groups planted the bulbs late last year in communal spaces and community gardens around Redbridge, which have since blossomed, adding splashes of colour to neighbourhoods.
Since coming to bloom local people have been sharing snaps of the vibrant selection of flowers which have included Daffodils, Tulips, Crocuses, Snowdrops and English Bluebell bulbs
Resident Umar Khan, from Hainault, was among those who successfully applied for the free bulbs and has shared images of his flowers on social media.
Mr Khan said: “I love gardening and this was such a fantastic initiative to get involved with as it brings out community spirit. I spent over six weeks planting hundreds of bulbs, and they looked stunning in bloom.
“It was a talking point in the community, and I got to know more people in the neighbourhood as they stopped by to chat to me about it as I was planting and watering them.”
Parents, staff, and children from Gearies Primary School in Gants Hill were also enjoying seeing their flowers bloom.
A staff member from the school’s nursery said: “They have brought so much joy to children, parents, and staff. They have been the talk of the school for the last few weeks!”
Funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the Big Bulb Giveaway is now in its third year and has grown into one of Redbridge’s most popular gardening initiatives amongst residents, and is also part of the council’s ongoing work to create a greener and more biodiverse borough.
Among the public spaces benefiting from the project this year are the Square Garden in Cranbrook, Loxford community garden, Wanstead community gardens, schools, churches, Islamic centres, and children’s centres.
Deputy Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Kam Rai, said: “From budding young gardeners to green fingered experts – we’ve had a brilliant show of support across all ages and gardening skill levels to get Redbridge blooming in time for spring, and the results are fantastic! It’s been wonderful seeing the flowers adding splashes of colour to neighbourhoods in the borough.
“I wanted to ensure the Community Infrastructure Levy funds were used on something which benefited the whole of Redbridge and brought a little colour into all of our lives. A big thank you to everyone who took part.”