The massive Plantscape greenhouse is gearing up to provide much-needed uplifting colour to towns across the UK later this spring and summer.
Colleagues, who are easily able to socially distance thanks to the huge open spaces afforded at the Derbyshire complex, are busy planting up hanging and barrier baskets, flower towers and metre square planters.
They’ve planted 72,000 plug plants, including cheery geraniums, surfinias, fuchsia and begonias
Some of the first consignments are destined for Ponteland in Northumberland, Ipswich in Suffolk, Ripley and Langley Mill in Derbyshire, Burscough in Lancashire, Shefford in Bedfordshire, South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, Worcester University and a caravan site in Cardigan bay.
The team will be busy planting throughout April and May, with displays delivered in May and June – again observing social distancing.
They are generally installed at dawn. In previous years this has been to avoid creating or being involved in traffic jams. This year will be somewhat different. With minimal vehicles on the roads, congestion isn’t an issue – but avoiding fellow human beings is!
The displays will be in bloom until September which means, depending on when and how the lockdown is phased out, there should be plenty of opportunity for residents to enjoy a welcome splash of colour in their local towns.
While one of the benefits of investing in dazzling floral displays is to encourage footfall in shops, pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues, they also improve wellbeing and happiness – something which is even more important now than ever before.
Town clerks and councillors have told us how happy the displays make their residents.
Debbie Curtis, town councillor and In Bloom committee member at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire told us last year: “The flowers get many positive comments. Members of the public go out of their way to say thank you and to comment on how much they appreciate the flowers.”
Vicky Symons, town clerk at Featherstone in West Yorkshire said the displays gave residents a sense of pride in the town. “They make the community happier,” she said.