Mass bulb planting
At the end of October 2021, thousands of bulbs were planted using Lubbe & Sons’ special machine. It cleverly plants bulbs and spread wildflower seeds on top. We planted along two of the grass verges on London Road and on Hackbridge Green. We were unlucky that there was torrential rain the following day, so we hope all the seeds haven’t been washed away and eaten by squirrels and birds!
Rain Garden and tree pit clearance
A big thanks to local residents who helped out on 16 October 2021 to remove the old plants and weeds from the beds. We found an awful sewage smell in a couple of the beds which Sutton Council are investigating, a lot of litter and a flip knife!
Not to be deterred, we were back on the 13 November 2021 and planted hundreds of daffodil, crocus and tulip bulbs in the tree pits, so we have some colour for next spring, while we await to finalise the planting for the beds.
Plant up Hackbridge is an initiative led by residents to brighten up our local area. David Tchil and Lysanne Horrox worked incredibly hard in securing major funding, which will build on previous community planting projects and objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan.
The areas of improvement listed below will be completed on a phased approach over the next year or so, dependent on Covid restrictions and planting schedules.
- London Road – mass bulb planting along the grass verges
- Heart of Hackbridge – replanting the rain gardens, potential new rain garden by Sainsbury’s Local to alleviate flooding and deter illegal parking
- Mile Road Pocket Park – new planting
- BedZed Community Field – soil improvements and raised beds
- New Mill Quarter – child-friendly and biodiverse friendly raised beds and fruit trees
- Hackbridge Green – planters, information board, new boarder planting, bug hotels and bulb swathes
We need you!
Part of our application includes community involvement and this is where you come in!
During lockdown we have seen how people started exploring their local area as part of their daily exercise. We are all appreciating the jewels in our neighbourhood and these improvements will add to this. We are looking for people who are interested in planting and maintenance. Maintenance might include watering, deadheading, weed removal, litter removal, pruning.
Please either email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and/or follow the Hackbridge Community Action | Facebook page if you would like to be involved.