Community groups urged to apply early for Council’s annual tulip bulb giveaway

The tulips form part of the Embankment's annual spring flowering display

Once again, Bedford Borough Council is preparing its annual giveaway of the tulip bulbs used in this year’s spring display, and community groups are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

All community groups are invited to apply to receive a selection of bulbs by emailing by midday on Monday 23 May.

Each year, Bedford Borough Council plants over 40,000 tulip bulbs in the autumn as part of its spectacular spring seasonal bedding display.

These spring bulbs and plants will shortly be removed along the Embankment to make way for the summer display and unfortunately, the Council cannot reuse the bulbs as they would need to be left in the ground for several weeks after flowering which, they say, “wouldn’t be in keeping with Bedford’s beautiful Embankment.”

To prevent them from being wasted, they are being given away to local community groups to replant, ensuring the spring colours of the Embankment will be seen throughout the borough in future years.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “We are inviting community groups in Bedford Borough who are interested in having some bulbs to register their interest, via email at by noon on Monday 23 May, and let us know the group they are applying for and where they are planning to plant them.

“This is always a really popular giveaway and I am delighted that we have been able to do this again this year.

“Bulbs will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications may close early if demand is high, as it has been in the past, so we are encouraging groups who are interested to get in touch sooner rather than later.”

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