Over the last couple of weeks the SSBA team and SSIB volunteers have been hard at work with the summer to winter changeover. The SSBA team brought down the baskets and returned them to the nursery for emptying, and in the following week SSIB volunteers emptied the planters and planted them with only those plants that can survive the winter’s frost.
For the SSIB volunteers it all began at the York House Community bed potting up the heucheras, ivy and euonymus that we’d saved from last year’s winter planters. A few days later a large team gathered at the Wolverton Rd Roundabout to start taking out the summer plants before moving on to empty the other planters in the town. The pellargoniums and begonias were taken out carefully and given away at a table on the High St, where they provided an enticing blaze of scarlet, which drew a lot of interest. Within a couple of hours all had disappeared, and generous residents who’d carried away their plants had donated over £150 for SSIB funds. Plants that had faded were taken to the York House Compost bins to rot down and provide rich soil for next year.
The following day the volunteers gathered at both the Wolverton Rd Roundabout and the Market Square to begin the pleasurable process of putting in the winter plants. The golden pansies are bringing a hint of sunshine to the whole town!
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