Epsom and Ewell residents are being encouraged to take part in a council spring bulb planting giveaway to brighten up their local communities.
Following this year’s South and South East in Bloom success in Epsom town centre and to launch the 2022 borough-wide application, the council will be giving away 20,000 spring bulbs this autumn.
Those receiving the bulbs must commit to planting them alongside street name signs, where they can be enjoyed by the local community. Residents will be encouraged to share their planting on social media by tagging Epsom & Ewell Borough Council (EpsomEwellBC).
Schools, community groups and interest groups are also invited to take part.
Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Peter O’Donovan, said “This is very much a resident driven initiative. Residents have asked what they can do to enhance their specific local areas, and planting around street names has been a recurring theme. To support this, we’re launching our bid to enter the borough in South and South East in Bloom 2022 by providing bulbs to be planted around street signs”.
“As an elected representative of the borough, I know how passionately residents care about where they live. As mayor, it has been gratifying to see how many people are prepared to actually do something positive for their community.
"I’m really looking forward to seeing the results of the mass planting”.
The bulbs being provided are a low growing variety of daffodil which has been selected to ensure the resulting blooms do not obscure street signs.
The council recognise that not all areas in the borough have street signs in verges where bulbs can be planted and are happy to accept ideas if residents have alternative ideas suitable for the street scene.
Bulbs will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis at
- Epsom - Market Place Sunday 7 November between 10-12
- Ewell – Bourne Hall Sunday 7 November between 1pm-3pm
- Stoneleigh – the Broadway Sunday 7 November 3pm-5pm
The planting packs are available on a first come, first served basis, one pack per household. Any packs leftover will be distributed to schools, community and local interest groups.