Haslington near Crewe is one of many areas that will be bursting with colour next Spring thanks to Cheshire East Council’s funding of a million bulbs as part of a commitment to making the borough a great place to live, work and visit.
The Council has joined forces with Ansa Environmental Services, its operating company for parks and grounds maintenance, to plant many different species of bulbs at more than 100 locations in Cheshire East including town centres, highway verges and major parks.
The majority of the planting has been carried out by a specialist contractor using a purpose-designed planting machine, which can plant up to 500 bulbs per square metre.
Staff from Ansa Environmental Services spent more than three weeks enhancing the beds, which should be full of blooms from the end of February until early May, depending on the weather.
Councillor John Hammond, who represents Haslington Ward and is Chairman of Ansa Environmental Services, said: “This is an excellent example of partnership working and I am delighted that Ansa has been commissioned by the Council to undertake this project and look forward to seeing this area of Haslington in bloom next year.
“This planting will also supplement the excellent work undertaken by Haslington Parish Council in other areas of the parish.”
Councillor David Marren, who represents Haslington Ward, added: “The bulbs will no doubt be greatly enjoyed by the residents in Haslington as they bring lots of bright colour to the village in Spring, but the cumulative effect of tens of thousands of bulbs will also help boost the local economy as it will make the Crewe area as a whole much more enticing for businesses to invest in.”
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