Bedford Embankment’s tulip bulbs up for grabs for community groups

Embankment flowers summer 2020
Embankment flowers: summer 2020

Once again, Bedford Borough Council is giving away the Embankment’s Spring display tulip bulbs to the Borough’s community groups.

The annual ‘great tulip bulb giveaway’ usually takes place in May, but due to coronavirus, this had to be delayed so the bulbs were put into storage and are now ready for re-planting.

Community groups in Bedford Borough who are interested in having some of the free bulbs are invited to get in touch via email at by noon on Thursday 17 September to register their interest.

Bulbs will be given away on a first come, first serve basis.

Last year the Council gave away thousands of tulip bulbs to groups including the Abbey Fields Roundabout Group, schools including Castle Newnham and Scott Primary, charities such as Bedford Open Door and Bedford Guild House, as well as local Brownie groups and residents’ associations.

Read: Tulips to go as Embankment flowers are spread across the Borough

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment said, “The Council cannot reuse the tulip bulbs as this would require the flowers to be left in the ground for several weeks after flowering, which clearly wouldn’t be in keeping with Bedford’s Victorian Embankment.

“So to stop them being wasted, we give them away to local groups so they can be replanted, providing much welcome Spring colour throughout the borough.

“This tulip bulb giveaway was really popular last year with lots of different groups getting in touch, and I’m delighted that we are able to do this again this year.

“If your community group, school, Brownie or Scout group, or charity would like some free tulip bulbs please get in touch with us before Thursday 17 September.”

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