Community effort sees 1,000 bulbs planted on estate

(l-r) Sisters Tia Jennings (12) and Kalahni Jennings (4) plant bulbs on grassland next to Eagle Ave, Waterlooville as part of Wecock's �1m lottery cash injection.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (143080-372)
(l-r) Sisters Tia Jennings (12) and Kalahni Jennings (4) plant bulbs on grassland next to Eagle Ave, Waterlooville as part of Wecock's �1m lottery cash injection. Picture: Allan Hutchings (143080-372)

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BRIGHT yellow flowers will brighten up an estate thanks to generous volunteers.

Twenty people gave up their time yesterday to plant 1,000 daffodils along the side of the bridge in Eagle Avenue, Wecock.

It is part of the WeBigLocal project which will see £1m of government money injected into the estate over the next few years to improve it now and for future generations.

Michelle Wilding, who is running the project, was joined by young people from the estate, staff from the charity Motiv8, police officers and other residents in planting the bulbs on the verge along Grebe Close and Fulmer Walk.

Michelle said: ‘As part of our plan for making a difference to the community we wanted to hold a bulb planting exercise.

‘We had a lovely time. There were a number of quite young children who came down and joined in and they really enjoyed themselves.

‘Some of the young people didn’t want to get involved at first but brought their younger siblings along.

‘But we were having so much fun they got stuck in too.

‘It was a great laugh – and brilliant to bring the community together in that way.’

Michelle added: ‘Our chairwoman Caroline Hellier worked really hard with the council to find places where we could plants lots of daffodils.

‘We’ve been working closely with the Acorn Centre, Motiv8 and Sainsbury’s – which kindly donated 500 bulbs.

‘We took down our own equipment and also borrowed some and ended up planting 1,000 bulbs.’

The bulb planting is the latest in an exciting list of events as part of the WeBigLocal project.

Earlier this year the red carpet was rolled out as a film about the estate was premiered at the Living Waters Church.

It was created by residents Will Millar and Sean Nye.

The film, which stars people from the estate, encouraged people to think about how they want to spend the £1m.

There are another two chances to get involved in the bulb planting this weekend.

Volunteers from across the community are invited to join Michelle on Saturday on the Chaffinch Green side of the Eagle Avenue bridge from 11am.

On Sunday the planting starts at 11am in Robin Gardens.

For more information about the scheme or the video, visit webiglocal.org or pop into the Acorn Centre, The Kestrels.