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Children plant-up to help Congleton In Bloom this Summer

Twenty-two green-fingered children and helpers from six local schools have been busy planting more than 500 plants in 30 tubs for use in the town centre this summer. The annual ‘kids plant-up’ took place in Congleton Park poly tunnels on the 11th May.

The children planted up five different plants in each pot, which will burst into bright pink colours this summer. The pots will be used to brighten up the taxi rank, the bus station, pedestrian area and community garden.

The activity was organised by Congleton in Bloom and led by team members Patti Pinto, Cllr Margaret Gartside and Jackie MacArthur. Cllr George Hayes and Town Mayor Suzie Akers Smith also attended to support Congleton’s young bloomers.

Town Mayor Cllr Suzie Akers Smith said:  “I would like to thank all the school children and their helpers for giving up their Saturday morning to plant tubs for their town. The tubs are always much admired and are part of the town’s In Bloom and Community Pride traditions. It was great hearing their enthusiasm for planting, and learning about the ladybirds, slugs, snails and spiders that they had discovered whilst planting!”

The children attending were from Buglawton, Marlfields, Marton, Mossley, Smallwood and Woodcocks’ Well primary schools. Once planting was completed the young volunteers were invited to complete a Congleton Park Quiz which was devised by Patti Pinto. Certificates for all those taking part in the Plant-up have been sent to the schools involved. 

The next Congleton in Bloom community event is a volunteer morning on Saturday 1st June from 10-12 noon, meeting at Margaret’s Place Garden in Antrobus Street Car Park. There will be a mixture of litter picking, gardening and tidying. Congleton in Bloom judging day will take place on Thursday 25th July. It’s Your Neighbourhood Judging will be on the 9th July.