Gardening club volunteers have been thanked for brightening up two Salford locations.
The Peel Park volunteers recently completed a course in sustainable urban planting and, as part of their coursework, were asked to design and plan a number of flower beds.
Four of the circular beds in the quatrefoil shaped planting areas at Peel Park’s historic core and two empty L shaped flower beds outside Salford Civic Centre in Swinton were chosen.
Volunteers were asked to submit two linked designs to fill the circles and one for the Civic Centre using all year-round colour from perennial herbaceous and bee-friendly plants. The inner circle is filled with annual bedding plants as in Victorian times.
Salford City Council staff chose designs from Jamie Turner and Wendy Kelly and a joint design between Laura Clavin and Jamie Turner and gave feedback to the volunteers.
The volunteers have also been funded to do other training courses including Level One City and Guilds practical horticultural certificates thanks to the Heritage Lottery funding for Peel Park.
Jamie, who hopes to work in wildlife conservation, joined the club earlier this year to get hands on experience.
“I always loved gardening and never had the chance to expand my knowledge until I joined the Peel Park Gardening club. I was eager to see what I could come up with when asked to design a flower bed for the Civic Centre,” he said.
“It is a real honour to say that I contributed to making a central hub of a community look a little bit more colourful and interesting and great for bees. I have enjoyed the courses and experiences so much that I am even considering going into a horticulturally based career.”
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said the original design for the park was chosen from a competition won by Joshua Major and son, landscape gardeners from Leeds.
“Our volunteers do a fantastic job helping our staff to maintain and enhance Salford’s parks and green spaces which have been appreciated even more this year,” he said.