Bulb planting extravaganza at Kelmarsh Hall

Children building a bug emporium at Kelmarsh Hall
Children building a bug emporium at Kelmarsh Hall

Volunteers mucked in to help plant more than 5,000 bulbs in just two days at Kelmarsh Hall.

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 48 hours.

Wild About Gardens Week was a national initiative by the RHS and The Wildlife Trust 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 26 and 27, including a number of children who created a bug emporium to support wildlife in the grounds.

They also made their own pots and planted tulip bulbs in the walled kitchen garden.

Fiona Alexander, the walled kitchen gardener and volunteer co-ordinator, said: “We had a great turn-out with more than 40 people rallying together.

“There was a great sense of camaraderie and it was a very successful weekend.

“I hope we have given people a taste for volunteering at Kelmarsh too.”

Following the success of the event, Kelmarsh Hall is planning more community activities in 2014.

If you are interested in volunteering in either the gardens or the hall, call 01604 686543 or email enquiries@kelmarsh.com.

Kelmarsh Hall is in the care of a charitable trust, set up to conserve both the Grade I listed building and the natural environment.