Community planting – catch them young

Children are often fascinated about how things grow and Richard Gillings has ensured his love of Daffodils is passed onto his grandchildren in a lovely fun and educational project that they can take part in with their school friends.

Daffodils make such an impact in the Spring and they are a good long term, easy care investment for communities and local councils. A further project by Richard and Bramcote bulbs plants his favourite flower to cheer everyone in Spring. Read more

Richard Gillings (DS Show manager and Executive Committee member) along with Bramcote Bulbs donated 500 bulbs to Richard’s grandchildren’s schools.

Max and Tilly’s school is St Neot’s Preparatory School in a wonderful, stunning, rural setting of 70 acres of woodland, sited in the corner of Hampshire, on the borders of Surrey and Berkshire.

Max and Tilly, along with all their classmates had a wonderful time planting these bulbs and cannot wait for them to appear and flower in the Spring.

Max and Tilly had the honour of planting theirs first. They were very excited and, as you can see from the photos, really got stuck in and thoroughly enjoyed their day.

Who knows there may be a future Daffodil Society member amongst them and even a future exhibitor?

The other two grandchildren,  Harrison and Florence both go to Eagle House Preparatory School, again in stunning woodland, in Sandhurst, Berkshire,  forming part of the same registered charitable organisation as Wellington College. 

At Eagle House, the Nursery and Pre-Prep pupils all planted a bulb in individual pots, and when they flower, hope to have Richard to judge them. The gardeners of the school also planted many in their specially prepared beds, which should produce a wonderful display for all to see.

Finally Richard and Bramcote bulbs donated 500 bulbs to Wokingham Horticultural Association who passed these onto Wokingham Borough Council as part of their  “Wokingham in Bloom” entry under the umbrella of The Royal Horticultural Society regional “Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Competition”.  Wokingham has won Silver Gilt medals for the last four consecutive years.

We will report back their progress and hope to have further photos of their wonderful blooms.

These are some of the many ways that The Daffodil Society educates and  promotes the growing of daffodils.” Roger Braithwaite. DS Chairman

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One response to “Community planting – catch them young”

  1. Pauline MacBrayne says:

    Excellent to see the younger generation enthusiastically planting their daffodils. Hopefully they won’t have too long to wait to see and enjoy the results of their labours.

    Lucky schools to have Wendy and Richard as active grandparents! Lucky Wokingham, too, to receive 500 wonderful bulbs to enhance the Town and contribute to ‘Bloom’

    Thank you to The Daffodil Society and Bramcote Bulbs, and especially to Wendy and Richard Gillings for organising the donations.