Spring is in the air and Central Park will soon be looking blooming lovely thanks to the creation of a new wildflower garden.
The garden project, which is being sponsored by Anglian Water, is a joint initiative between Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, Boston in Bloom and Boston Borough Council and people are being invited to help create it by “micro-volunteering”.
The idea of micro-volunteering is that a little bit of effort by a lot of people can make a huge difference, so as many people as possible are being encouraged to give up just half an hour of their time to provide a beautiful habitat for wildlife in the centre of Boston.
Sarah Castelvecchi, Water Saving Programme Manager at Anglian Water, said: “We want to give people inspiration and ideas about how they can enjoy their gardens whilst saving water in their gardens.
“Creating wildflower areas is a great example as many of them are hardy in hot dry weather therefore needing little water as our region receives the lowest levels of rainfall.
“The aim of this project is to involve the community in creating a low maintenance, drought tolerant, sustainable and environmentally friendly garden that anyone can create themselves – what better way of doing this than by creating a wildflower garden?”
The team leading the project, which is being supported by Boston Seeds, will be in Central Park on Saturday, March 30, from 10am to 1pm, and are inviting people to go along and help plant a few plug plants, including bluebells, yellow archangel and primrose, to start the garden off.
Everyone is welcome, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable clothing, which covers the arms and legs, and sturdy footwear should be worn.
Jackie Lane, LCVS project worker, said: “All equipment and plants will be provided, including gardening gloves and tools. We just need people’s time and enthusiasm. So please come along and help us create this beautiful garden.”
“A wildflower meadow is an important and crucial habitat supporting a myriad of insects from bees and beetles to grasshoppers and butterflies, which in turn support small animals and birds.
“It is drought tolerant and requires little maintenance.
“We will not only get a beautiful display of colour throughout the spring and summer for years to come but we will be helping our environment.”
The following week, sessions will be held on April 1, 2, 3 and 4, to give local businesses and organisations the chance to get involved. These must be pre-booked.
Children’s Centre, John Fielding Special School, Haven High and Boston College have already pledged their support.
To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, to help you get your garden Summer ready order your Free water saving garden kit by going to www.anglianwater.co.uk/thepottingshedclub to receive lots of tips on drought tolerant plants put together by The Royal Horticultural Society,