Thousands of bulbs dug up and replanted around Newport ahead of homes development

Bulbs have been removed from land ahead of development and replanted around town.

The previous state of the bulbs at Hutchison's Way
The previous state of the bulbs at Hutchison's Way

Newport in Bloom volunteers dug up thousands of bulbs including crocus bulbs, narcissi, camassia, muscari and wood anemones from land at Hutchison's Way earlier in April, and last week completed the mammoth operation of distributing them around Newport, including by the town's canal.

A statement from the bloom group said: "We have had a very successful two days removing and re-instating quite a large number of bulbs from 'Hutch' and they are all now happily planted up in their new homes.

"It was very hard work but the perfect time to remove them. The area was visited weekly by two of our volunteers to ascertain the best time to remove the bulbs before they were over, and if left any longer, we wouldn’t have been able to identify them.

"Our heartfelt thanks to Barbara, whose impeccable organisation meant that the whole operation went smoothly. Luckily, the weather was perfect as well!

"Although there was some negativity on Facebook prior to the event, we have had only positive comments since, from everyone who was walking at Hutch on the day.

"Walkers and passersby appreciated that to re-situate the bulbs was the best thing to do."

The land at Hutchison's Way will be retained but affected by development of up to 350 new houses, in a scheme off Station Road that has been granted planning permission.

Learn more about Newport in Bloom's projects at newportinbloom.co.uk.

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