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Published 22nd Nov 2011

spring flowers

It’s bulb planting week at Middlesbrough’s historic Stewart Park, promising a springtime blaze of colour.

And green-fingered youngsters will be helping out with the job of putting thousands of bulbs in the ground.

The 50 seven- and eight-year-olds from neighbouring Captain Cook Primary be planting snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, tulips, English bluebells and irises, and during the week there will be further help from the likes of the Friends of Stewart Park, Macmillan College and Askham Bryan College.

Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “Stewart Park is currently undergoing a complete transformation thanks to the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and it’s already looking fantastic.

“But the annual bulb planting means visitors have a real treat in store come the spring.

“It’s great that local schoolchildren are getting involved and will then get to see the fruits of their labours – an explosion of colour that makes Stewart Park the popular family attraction it is.”

Get involved

Park users and local residents are also invited to get involved in the mammoth planting marathon – for more information, contact Horticultural advisor Nicky Morgan on 01642 515643.

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