Digging deep for spring colour...

Ben Reed, nine, helps volunteers plant primrose and bluebell bulbs in Elswick.
Ben Reed, nine, helps volunteers plant primrose and bluebell bulbs in Elswick.
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AS temperatures plummet to minus figures, the state of our gardens are normally put to the back of the mind.

But volunteers from Elswick wrapped up warm and turned out in force to plant 500 primrose and 2,000 bluebell bulbs at an approach to the village, which was last month judged Champion Village in the North West of England and received a gold award for the third year running at the North West in Bloom Awards.

Parish Council chairman Paul Hayhurst said: “Last year we were delighted to receive a grant from The Lancashire Environment Trust which enabled us to plant a wildflower meadow in the village. This year we are working on initiatives with the Elswick in Bloom committee to encourage wildlife in the meadow and are extending the wildflowers into the village with a number of sustainable planting schemes.”

A spokesman for Elswick in Bloom added: “We are very lucky to have so many people in the village who are prepared to give up their free time to improve the environment.”

Elswick will be at the Britain in Bloom final next year, competing against villages nominated by other regions in the competition.