Melford in Bloom expands reach to improve appearance of Long Melford street-scape
The revitalisation of the street-scape of Long Melford has gone from strength to strength, as the village looks towards brighter times as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are phased out.
Volunteers are working to expand the Long Melford in Bloom community project, now in its second year, with key sites around the village set to receive a splash of pink, blue and white this month, to mark the arrival of spring.
Since launching this time last year, the scheme has sought to implement permanent displays to improve the appearance of the village, with new planters and barrels to be added to Hall Street and the entrances to Cordell Place and Westropps by the end of May.
A poly-tunnel will also be installed at Long Melford Primary School over the June half-term holiday, with tools provided to enable pupils to start growing plants upon their return.
Parish councillor Jonathan Ewbank, who helps to co-ordinate Long Melford in Bloom, said: “The parish council has supported this community project on a tight, but realistic budget, and the displays now cover the full year.
“There is still a month left for residents and visitors to enjoy the yellow and white winter theme, which is particularly pronounced over the Chad Brook bridge.
“This is very much a community project. Currently, there are some 25 volunteers who help to plan the displays before planting, watering and maintaining them. We wish to convey our thanks to those volunteers for all their hard work.
“Our plants are provided by the marvellous Grown in Suffolk team from the Constitution Hill nursery in Sudbury, and they also provide essential watering and feeding for our displays. We are pleased to support this local business.”
He also praised Long Melford Co-op, the village fire station and local business KP Valeting and Detailing for supplying water, and the sponsorship support of Tanswell’s Bakery and Breakout Community and Business Hub, as well as local resident Pat Davey.
Anybody interested in volunteering for Long Melford in Bloom, or providing sponsorship, can get in touch with Mr Ewbank by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or John Nunn by emailing email@example.com.