IT has been a difficult three months for anyone involved in volunteering with all group activities having to be cancelled, but Maghull in Bloom has managed to complete their summer planting programme thanks to help from local horticulturist, Don Billington
“Like every other group we had to cancel all our planned summer activities due to Covid 19”, said Anne Hill, Chair of the volunteer group.
“Fortunately we have been able to build up some reserves over the 13 years we have been going, and we have used these to engage the services of Don, who was also able to plant up most of the displays and source plants for us, despite all the garden centres being closed.”
Most of the displays are now complete and being looked after by volunteers working alone. Central Square is planted up and hanging baskets are up at Deyes Lane and Tree View Court shops. The canal planters will shortly be planted up and will again being looked after by individual volunteers.
The displays at entrances into the town have also been replanted and there is still a bit more to do at the Meadows Leisure Centre to improve the beds there.
Recognising that it has also been a difficult year for businesses, the volunteers decided not to ask local businesses that have supported them over the years for financial sponsorship this year, but instead to seek donations towards costs involved. All last year’s sponsor’s signage will however remain throughout the summer.
“We’d also like to thank Maghull Town Council who awarded us a grant earlier this year, and London and Cambridge Properties, the owners of Central Square, who have also said that they would pay for a contractor to water the display there” added Anne.
“The one thing we haven’t been able to restart yet is the litter picking along the canal but our team is raring to go and we are awaiting permission to resume activity from the Canal and River Trust.”