There hasn’t been a lot to shout about this year, but trying to make the best of what’s happened, we thought we’d share with you some of Beeston In Bloom’s latest projects.
First, the new sign in Beeston Cemetery. Through our work maintaining the Miners’ Memorial in Beeston Cemetery, it became clear that residents – old and new – were unaware of the importance of coal mining in our past. So, with funding from a grant from Leeds Parks Fund, we commissioned a new information board. An artist used an old map and material provided by Beeston History Society and once lockdown was eased in July the sign was ordered. We recently finished off the project by surrounding the sign with a gravel border, with the help of volunteers from the Mosaic Church.
Secondly, we’ve installed a new bench in Cross Flatts Park. Using our funds and money raised from plant sales we think this has made a cheerful addition to our area in the park. The bench depicts flowers, butterflies and bees and faces the Watsonia Pavilion.
Lastly there’s the recently planted Tommy Wass troughs. When the council nursery closed down earlier this year we were unable to provide hanging baskets and barrier troughs in summer. So, we were determined to make sure that there was some welcome colour as winter approaches. We’ve planted bulbs and bedding plants in the troughs that are now displayed at the Tommy Wass junction.
We intend to keep calm and carry on gardening in the park every Wednesday, 10-12, as long as the weather allows. We are in the open, enjoying the fresh air and have ample space to maintain social distancing. Like everyone else we hope for a better, brighter year in 2021 when we have more new projects to come.
This post was written by Linda Stanley
Main photo: Linda Stanley and Cllr Angela Gabriel from Beeston In Bloom with Ken Burton from Beeston Local History Society at the information board in Beeston Cemetery.
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