Bulb Planting Event
Chatham Maritime Trust together with the team from Turfsoil and St. Mary’s Island residents held a community bulb planting event on Saturday 3rd October 2015 planting some 25,000 bulbs on Finsborough Down to create a profusion of colour in the spring.
A further planting day was held on Saturday 8th October 2016 on the Central East Bund from 10 am to 3 pm to recognise the good work of the Help for Heroes organisation; the blue and red bulbs were planted to reflect the colours of Help for Heroes. About 50 people attended and representatives from Chatham Maritime Trust and Turfsoil were on hand to help. Some 40,000 bulbs were planted in 2 hours so we look forward to a profusion of colour in the spring!
The planting day for 2017 was held on Saturday 7th October and yellow was the colour for planting in recognition of Marie Curie and the work that they do. Thanks to those residents that turned up on the day for their hard work and enthusiasm.
On Saturday 21st October 2017 just before storm Brian blew in members of Medway Sunlight Rotary Club planted 3,000 purple crocuses on the Stones Roundabout in recognition of “End Polio Now” campaign. There should be a profusion of colour in the spring. Thanks to the team at Turfsoil for preparing the spoil for planting.
The community planting day for 2018 was held on Saturday 6th October. It was a fun event and the results of everyone’s efforts were displayed in the spring. Bulbs and gardening tools were supplied free of charge. The Trust’ landscaping team from Gavin Jones were on hand to prepare the planting areas and a big thank you to them. This year the colour was pink to highlight Breast Cancer charities.
The 2019 Community Planting Day will take place on Saturday 12th October in the biodiversity area on the East Bund. The community with the help of Gavin Jones and the team from Chatham Maritime Trust will plant seeds and plugs. This will also be combined with a litter pick that day.