DAFFODILS are a familiar sight on the green areas of
Nantwich each spring. Pupils from local schools have played their part in
the past, planting bulbs on various areas such as roadside plots in Crewe
Road or Beam Street.
This year, however, Ansa Environmental
Services Ltd, the Pyms Lane company
that is "owned and controlled by Cheshire East Borough Council", have used some high tech planting.
Asked about this, Charlie Griffies,
Business Manager - Parks and Grounds, of Ansa, joked: "Our secret is out - we
did use a machine to plant the bulbs en masse!"
Fair enough, it would have been a mammoth task,
involving a large team of gardeners on their hands and
knees planting by hand. Mr Griffies said: "The project was funded by
Cheshire East Council to provide a lift in the spring. I certainly feel this has
been achieved judging by all the positive comments received."
He added he was
happy to pass on the kind words to "the teams that do all the hard work."
He also said: "One of the best parts is
that even when these displays fade we can look forward to many of them again
Not all the planting was done with the
machinery. Mr Griffies said: "There was, of course, some hand planting carried
out and this can be seen where bulbs have been incorporated into the spring
bedding displays in towns and parks across Cheshire East".
Ian Hope, Nantwich Town Clerk, said: "I agree the displays are fabulous, but the Town Council can't take credit on this
"The praise for this initiative is due to Ansa".
The pictures on this page were taken in
Coronation Gardens in Beam Street; on Mill Island off the Water Lode by the
River Weaver; near to Beam Bridge in
Barony Road; and next to another stretch of The Waterlode near to the Nantwich
Pool (open-air swimming baths).
l Of course,
by now the daffodils have all gone, along with some tall grasses, mown down by
Above: The "wave" sweeps around Mill
Island in this view towards Welsh Row.
At the front of this
picture (right) the "wave"
heads towards Riverside, off Queen's Drive. And in the middle of
the left-hand side of the picture is a path that goes to St Anne's Lane
and Welsh Row.
To the right of the
picture, The Waterlode and the town centre can be seen in the
Pictures: Andrew Lamberton