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 some of the smaller 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
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
Coronations Gardens, Beam Street, and on Mill Island off the Water Lode by the
Other daffodil displays are to be found near to Beam Bridge, in