Royal theme at town’s new garden

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Work has begun on the Garstang Diamond Jubilee Garden with the help of the town’s Bloom enthusiasts, the recently set up Transition Town’s group and the Soroptimists.

The daffodils planted by the Soroptomists a few years ago have been taken out and preserved until autumn when they will be re-planted.

Stone UK along with “bloomers” Tony Burrow and Joe Walmsley are laying a stone path in the area.

When this is finished it will be infilled with soil and marked out for a bee and butterfly area with scented flowers.

A small area has been allocated for the Transitional Towns initiative to plant vegetables for all to enjoy.

A large piece of stone is to be sited to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Transition Towns movement seeks to address the issues of carbon footprints, peak oil, food sourcing, energy consumption and related concerns. The Garstang group hopes to raise awareness on all these issues in a variety of eye-catching ways.

Spokeswoman Mary Cammick said: “We wish to focus on food initially, with the aim of encouraging everyone to think about where their food comes from.

“We aim to help people to try to grow their own local, seasonal food.

“The Transition Group in Garstang is working with Garstang in Bloom to brighten up our town.

“We are planning a vegetable bed at Hawthorne Avenue to complement the bee and butterfly friendly bed nearby.

“Once the vegetable plants are ready to crop and our guidance signs are in place, we will be inviting passers-by to help themselves to produce, from lettuce to runner beans, so we can all enjoy local environmentally friendly food.”

l See story below for the bee and butteffly garden, and look out for a feature on the Garstang Transition Town group in The Courier soon.