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

1054
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 bugsandbees@bedford.gov.uk 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 bugsandbees@bedford.gov.uk 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.”

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.