Over 100 children from St Michael’s school, Whitchurch School and St Andrew’s schools in Bath have been busy in the greenhouses in Victoria Park, working with Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Parks team to plant hundreds of sunflowers in celebration of the new developments on Bath Quays.
The plants have been quietly blooming in Victoria Park and Tuesday’s planting out day sees them finally out in their growing positions in Avon Street.
Bath Quays Sunflowers have been planted in otherwise unused corners of the newly laid out Avon Street Car Park. In the longer term these areas will be used for landscaping around the proposed new buildings for Corn Street and Avon Street as part of the Council’s major Bath Quays project.
As budding gardeners, the children made a great effort to plant their giant seedlings very carefully and were ably assisted by Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development, who picked up a trowel to help out.
Cllr Anketell-Jones was pleased to get involved, He said: “It is crucial for our young people that the Council does everything it can to create new and exciting jobs in the city. Having our smallest city residents involved in our major employment project on Bath Quays is a great way to show that we at Bath & North East Somerset Council are committed to making future Bath great for jobs, residents and visitors alike.
“We hope that people will come and take a look at the sunflowers once they are flowering, we will have a sunny outlook in Bath this summer, whatever the weather!”
Contractors Alun Griffiths have sponsored the project creating the beds and providing soil for the plants, and their team will help to keep them watered – especially if the summer turns out to be a warm one.