Almost 500,000 flowers to bring summer colour

A SPLASH of colour is being added to the borough with nearly 500,000 flowers being planted around North Tyneside.

New bulbs and flowers, which are set to blossom between now and June, have been planted by North Tyneside Council.

More than 62,000 spring bulbs – including daffodils, tulips and crocuses – can be found on roadside verges, while there are more than 142,000 spring plants such as pansies, wallflowers and bellis’ planted in flower tubs and beds.

The annual planting programme will also see 172,611 summer bedding plants planted in June, including geraniums, marigolds and begonias.

Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “As a council, we work extremely hard to ensure the borough is an attractive place to live and to visit.

“One way of doing so is by continuously developing and frequently maintaining our floral displays, and we also encourage residents to demonstrate their efforts in making the borough even more attractive by entering into the North Tyneside in Bloom competition.

“Although the wintry weather has delayed the flowers coming into bloom, I hope residents and visitors to the borough will take pleasure in seeing all the colourful floral displays as they emerge through the year.”

Residents and businesses are being given the chance to showcase their gardening abilities in the North Tyneside in Bloom competition.

Entry forms are available from www.northtyneside.gov.uk or by calling 0345 2000 103.