Around 25 volunteers turned out to help replant the flower beds between Ivatt and Maitland in Glascote Heath for a community planting project.
The beds had become an eyesore, full of overgrown plants, rubbish and even the odd dumped mattress.
But after the clear-up, it’s a different story, with the beds now cleared, dug over and replanted.
Groups from the Living Rock Church, Glascote Heath, Oakhill and Two Rivers Schools started the replanting last month in readiness for the big community planting day.
Volunteers from St Peter’s Church, Glascote Youth Centre and a group from the Volunteer Centre Tamworth took part on the day, as well as a number of Glascote Heath residents, helped by staff from Tamworth Borough Council’s estates caretaking team, street wardens and tenant involvement.
They spent the day filling the beds with plants including with lavender, rosemary, wallflowers, bluebells, daffodils and cornflowers. The plants were especially chosen to attract butterflies and bees and the beds with poorer soils were seeded with wildflowers. It is now hoped that the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the flower beds will be taken over by a group of residents and some local organisations.
“It was a fantastic day and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who gve up their time to help with this project,” said Glascote Community Development Officer, Stuart Etheridge.
The planting project forms part of the ongoing Big Glascote Heath Tidy-Up, which has been cleaning up and improving Glascote Heath for the past year. The project has been organised by the Glascote Heath PACT (Partners and Communities Together) and Glascote Heath Neighbourhood Officer PC Dave Kelly, with funding from Tamworth Borough Council and the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership.
The Big Glascote Heath Tidy Up is one of the projects that Glascote people voted to fund at the Your Voice, Your Choice events in November 2010 and has already seen a huge clean-up and litter pick last summer, when more than 100 people took to the streets to clean up the neighbourhood.
Anyone who would like to help with the ongoing upkeep of the flower beds or who would like to adopt one of the beds should contact Stuart on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Glascote ARCH on 01827 254933.