Gardeners hail ‘community effort’ after months spent improving village

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 August 2017

Blooming Congresbury celebrated its achievements so far this year.

Blooming Congresbury celebrated its achievements so far this year.

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Green-fingered Congresbury residents have been busy of late, sprucing up areas around the village and planting plenty of colourful plants.

Blooming Congresbury has been working frantically in recent months on a number of projects which have introduced more brightly-coloured floral displays around the village.

The group has installed 18 hanging baskets at businesses around the village, plus at the Old School Rooms and the library in Station Road.

The keen gardeners got their hands dirty at the Geoffrey Peacock Memorial garden, where hundreds of geraniums and begonias were planted.

Congresbury-based business Shrub Shack, in Smallway donated 13 planted tubs which have been dotted around the village.

Congresbury Youth Partnership also got involved by installing large planters outside the youth club, in Kent Road, while scouts and guides also pitched in to plant flowers in public areas around the precinct and St Andrew’s Church.

The group’s efforts so far this year were celebrated at a tea party hosted by Congresbury Parish Council chairman Diana Hassan this week.

She said: “The parish council would like to thank everyone who has helped with all the weeding, planting and watering over the past three months and the local businesses that have supported us. It has been a real community effort.

“It has been brilliant. Lots of people have put in hours and hours of work.”

The group also hosted members of Yatton, Congresbury, Claverham and Cleeve Archaeological Research Team at the tea party, to thank them for their efforts in cleaning the famous grade II-listed village cross in the centre of the village.

But the group plans not to settle on what has been achieved so far, and is already plotting what it will be doing in the coming months.

Cllr Hassan added: “For the rest of the summer we will be working to maintain what we have got. We would like to do some work on the village entrances by getting some floral things there.

“We need to finish redeveloping the memorial garden. We have got some of it done but we would like to finish the rest of it.”

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