A 50-metre long herb garden has been created along a bank near the Boathouse in Wisbech to help smarten up the area and enable local people to spice up their home cooking.
Volunteers from the town’s In Bloom and Street Pride groups spent a whole day with horticultural apprentices from Delamore Young Plants creating the new garden.
It features about 2,000 herbs, including rosemary, thyme, coriander, tarragon, parsley and chives, and has been designed by Perry Smithson, one of the apprentices. All the plants have been donated by Delamore. Local people will be able to pick the herbs for their own use.
The area will be closely monitored by CCTV to deter any vandalism or anti-social behaviour.
The idea for the joint project came out of discussions between Councillor Alan Melton, Leader of Fenland District Council, and Wayne Eady, Delamore’s managing director. They led to In Bloom and Street Pride getting involved, too.
Cllr Melton said: “I’m so excited by this project. It brings together many of our council priorities – the development of the Nene Waterfront, which is vital for regeneration of Wisbech and for the success of the Wisbech 2020 Vision; the encouragement of skills development and apprenticeships; and the vital contribution made by all our many volunteers. It’s great to see it come to fruition.”
Wayne Eady said: “We’re delighted to have linked up with FDC, Wisbech In Bloom and Street Pride help tidy up this piece of waste ground. It has provided our apprentices with the opportunity to improve both their design work and their practical landscaping skills as well as making the Boathouse a nicer area to visit.”
Penny Stocks, secretary of Wisbech in Bloom, said: “This is a great idea. We’re representing the Anglia region in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition for which a new theme is ‘Edible Britain’, and this project should definitely strengthen our entry.
“We’re also particularly pleased to have worked with Delamore’s apprentices – although we work with many schools, young people in this age group haven’t been involved with In Bloom before, so it was really good to do something like this together.”
The planting party’s efforts also earned plaudits from three other FDC Members - Deputy Leader Cllr Chris Seaton and Cllrs Peter Murphy and David Oliver, the portfolio holders responsible for the environment and Wisbech affairs - who came along to see the work in progress.
Cllr Murphy said: “This year we have been putting great emphasis on encouraging groups to work closely with each other and this is a perfect example of what that can achieve.”
Picture caption: Team effort: planting in progress on the project and the whole working party.