Penwortham bulb planting

Bloomin’ great day for Penwortham bulb planting

Pupils help businesses brighten up their town

School children from Penwortham teamed up members of the local business community and Penwortham Town Council for a gardening and litter picking session at Hill Road Cemetery. The youngsters from St Teresa’s RC Primary School helped plant 200 daffodil bulbs which will create a carpet of colour next Spring.

James Horne, lead gardener at the cemetery, handed out spades and trowels and showed the volunteers where and how to plant the flowers.

The planting session was arranged by Penwortham Business Network founders Jemma Lloyd from Vincents Solicitors and estate agent Michael Bailey, along with Michelle Woodward from Radiant Financial and Emma Evans Funeral Services.

It is the group’s second community get-together, following a litter pick in March, and the members hope both the clean-up and the planting sessions will become an annual feature on the town’s calendar.

Jemma said: “It was a wonderful morning, the sun was shining and everyone was full of enthusiasm. James was fantastic and gave us all some great tips to help us to identify weeds, plant bulbs, and generally look after the outdoors.

“The St Teresa’s children were amazing, they were so enthusiastic and loved getting muddy and finding worms. They all said they can’t wait to see the daffodils come out early next spring, everyone will feel very proud to see the cemetery brightened up I’m sure.”

Afterwards, the volunteers were offered refreshments by the Hurst Grange Park Café and South Ribble Borough Council, which provided their function room at the café for free.

Michael Bailey added: “Giving back to the community was always an important aim for us when we set up the Penwortham Business Network.

“Thanks to Penwortham Town Council for suggesting the cemetery clean up and planting session, it was a great morning and hopefully the town will enjoy the results of our efforts.

“Anyone interested in getting involved in the future is very welcome to get in touch. We’re always happy to welcome new members, we meet on the third Thursday of the month from 9.15am at Galloways to share news, opportunities, and plan community events like these.”

For more information about the Penwortham Business Network find the group on Facebook or email either Jemma Lloyd or Michael Bailey

Pictured: [Credit Martin Bostock, copyright Vincents Solicitors]

The St Teresa’s RC Primary school council and Penwortham Business Network enjoyed planting daffodils at Hill Road Cemetery