Volunteers get ready to help Cliftonville bloom

Ethelbert Crescent

Two flowerbeds have been planted up at Ethelbert Terrace by volunteers alongside the launch of this year’s Cliftonville in Bloom.

Ten people, including members of Friends of Cliftonville Coastline (FOCC) and residents who responded to a call out for help, set to work to complete the first two of ten flowerbeds planned for the area.

Donations of tools and bulbs were made by Windmill Community Gardens, B&Q and Jennie from the Thanet Plant Swap group.

The planting, and the Cliftonville in Bloom launch, took place on Sunday.

Cliftonville in Bloom is an annual competition, run by volunteer street project, the Gordon Road Area Street Scheme (Grass), Residents and businesses compete in a number of categories including Best household front garden, Best DIY planter, hanging basket or window box, Best children’s sunflower and Best commercial / retail display or landscaping.

Some 40 people signed up at this year’s launch, each receiving a free hanging basket. Members of  A Better Cliftonville planted up all the baskets and carried out a community litter-pick at the Viking Playground.

Ageless Thanet funded the launch event.

Find out more about the competition here or sign up on the website here

FOCC are now appealing for helpers to carry out some work at Dell Gardens and for donations of perennial and bedding plants.

Find FOCC on facebook here