Fleet and Church Crookham Society
The Fleet & Church Crookham Society organised spring bulb planting to coincide with its 50th anniversary. The aim of the project was to involve the community in brightening up its local parks through community planting sessions.
The planting was organised and paid for by the Society, with planting sessions held over five dates (Saturdays and Sundays, morning and afternoons) in liaison with local ‘Friends’ of the parks, Fleet Town Council and Church Crookham Parish Council. Each parks’ planting needs were established in advance. For example, Oakley and Basingbourne Park have established woodland areas, and Oakley Park is a SINC. In these areas it was important to plant only native English bluebell, snowdrop and iris bulbs. Other parks had more formal landscaping suiting tulips and daffodils.
Bulbs and equipment were provided by the Society and volunteers invited from each park’s ‘Friends’ group together with a local Cub and Beaver pack. The Society developed a health & safety briefing and volunteer sign-in sheet (which we are happy to share with anyone wanted to conduct such an event themselves).
In all, over 100 volunteers took part over the five sessions, aged from infants in pushchairs to grannies and granddads. Most children (and quite a few adults) had not planted a bulb before and so we showed them the importance of digging deep down and which way up a bulb needs to be placed! The set to their task with vigour, and it was inspiring to watch small knots of children gathered around an adult, all digging away. Offering this opportunity for residents to connect with the parcels of green space we have within our urban environment was a privilege.