Busy Bee-ston gets gardening

There’s been a lot of gardening going on in Beeston in the last week – taking inspiration from Chelsea maybe?

For the second year running Beeston was chosen to take part in Business in the Community’s National ‘Give and Gain Day’. So on Friday (15 May 2015) a team of volunteers from Yorkshire Bank, Groundwork, Hamara’s ‘Green for Go’ team, Beeston in Bloom and local residents painted railings, removed overgrown rose bushes and planted a new border at Holy Spirit Church on Tempest Road. The work is part of the ‘Love Beeston/Clean Beeston’ campaign and is using money from the last round of Community First funding.

In the future it is hoped that more volunteers will be secured through Business in the Community to improve the paved area and plant soft fruit and herbs in other parts of the garden at the church. The RHS have also taken an interest in this project as part of their Grey to Green campaign and are due to visit on Friday 29 May.

Also for the second year running, and with funding from local councillors, plants and compost were provided for residents in the Harlechs and Budes. The houses don’t have front gardens so hanging baskets provide instant colour and residents are encouraged to plant up, water and dead head. As some of last year’s ivy and geraniums had survived, it’s obviously been a success.

Always looking out for areas that need a little TLC the bloomers have cleared, prepared and finally planted a small bed at the entrance to the park near Maud Avenue. All the plants were donated from members own gardens and cost us nothing – only time and effort.

On Tuesday (19 May) another group from Yorkshire Bank, organised by Parks Department rangers, spent a day in Cross Flatts Park. They weeded, edged and spread bark chippings on the rose beds. Despite the showery weather the volunteers worked hard and made a significant improvement to the borders.

Beeston in Bloom also turned out in the rain to plant up 2 new beds in the seating area of the children’s playground. The group were lucky to receive a grant from Comic Relief and the planting is the first stage in improving this drab area of paving. Keep an eye out for more seating and a new mini beast hunt game!


This post was written by Linda Stanley using our Create an article for South Leeds Life page.