Hoping for a carpet of colour in Fernhurst


FERNHURST will be a blooming fantastic sight in the spring thanks to some hard work by a group of volunteers.

Young and not quite so young rolled up their sleeves and planted some 2,000 crocus bulbs which should provide a sea of colour early next year.

The mammoth planting session was all part of the continuing initiative by John Bounds and Louise Buchanan to ‘flower up’ Fernhurst.

Yellow and purple crocuses have been planted along the roadside of the village green and more have gone in around all the trees.

Work started with John and Louise mowing the grass and raking away the leaves where the bulbs were to be planted.

They then marked dozens of circles to show the position for each of the groups of bulbs.

When the volunteers of all ages arrived to carry out the planting, the turf was lifted, the earth loosened and mixed with soil improver and the bulbs planted in their hundreds before the soil was replaced.

Late last year, volunteers planted a host of golden daffodils at all the entrance signs to Fernhurst, and it is hoped they and the newly-planted crocuses will in time spread, forming a magnificent carpet of colour.

Welcome refreshments were served as the work came to an end and now all wait for the spring and hopefully swathes of colour.