Kelmarsh’s Big Bulb-Planting Challenge, held to mark Wild About Gardens Week, was a huge success, with volunteers planting more than 5,000 fritillary bulbs in just two days.
Wild About Gardens Week was a joint initiative by the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts to encourage people to support local biodiversity and to fight the decline in plant and animal species.
Kelmarsh Hall supported the campaign by inviting volunteers to help create a new native meadow of fritillaries, with an initial aim of planting 2,000 bulbs.
More than 40 people turned up to help on October 26th and 27th, including a number of children who created a fantastic ‘bug emporium’ and planted tulip bulbs in the walled kitchen garden.
Fiona Alexander, the walled kitchen gardener and volunteer co-ordinator, said: “We had a great turnout with more than 40 people rallying together. There was great camaraderie amongst everyone and it was a very successful weekend. I hope we have given people a taste for volunteering at Kelmarsh too!”