Tulips to go as Embankment flowers up for grabs

Flowers tulips along the Embankment Bedford near suspension bridge over River Great Ouse
Image: Bedford Borough Council

Some of the flowers that have been filling Bedford’s Embankment with colour could now do the same for local community groups as Bedford Borough Council launches its popular tulip bulb giveaway.

This year, the Council has 33,000 tulip bulbs available giving community groups a chance to add vibrant spring colours to their neighbourhoods for years to come.

The council chooses not to reuse the tulip bulbs in the Embankment displays as they are likely to not flower quite as well in their second year and so don’t meet the standard for formal annual bedding displays.

The annual tradition has previously benefited a wide range of organisations, including Parish Councils, schools, religious groups, community gardens, nature groups, scouts, brownies, care homes, hospices, and resident associations.

Councillor Sarah Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience at Bedford Borough Council, said, “This year, over 33,000 tulips were planted along The Embankment, creating a breathtaking display. With the blooms now over, we are delighted to offer tulip bulbs to local community groups. This initiative not only beautifies our borough but also fosters community spirit as groups come together to plant and nurture these bulbs.”

Community groups interested in receiving tulip bulbs should contact bugsandbees@bedford.gov.uk by Wednesday, 29 May. When making a request, please specify the group you represent and the intended location for planting the tulip bulbs.