Blooming marvellous!

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Famous verse inspires resident to get planting

One of the most famous poems in history has provided the encouragement for one North Prospect resident to brighten up her street. Susan Blott decided to plant daffodils in Wordsworth Road, taking inspiration from William Wordsworth’s ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ prose, which he wrote after seeing a sea of daffodils while walking through the Lake District with his sister more than 200 years ago.

Susan, a voluntary teacher, said: “I like the Wordsworth poem about the daffodils – I love poetry. I thought I would plant them where there are spaces in the hedges. It will be a good way to get to know new people, too. I have been asking my neighbours if they’re happy with me doing it and the ones I’ve spoken to said they are.

“I planted my own last autumn and they looked so pretty. Over the years I would like to do the whole road if people want it. One of my friends and a neighbour said they would help me so it might be a good way of bringing the community together. You have to start small and gradually work your way up. It will look beautiful after a couple of years.”

“I planted my own last autumn and they looked so pretty. Over the years I would like to do the whole road if people want it. One of my friends and a neighbour said they would help me so it might be a good way of bringing the community together”

Susan Blott, Southern Gate resident

John Clark, PCH chief executive, said: “It’s great to see people taking enjoyment in their garden, making friends and building a community.” Susan was one of the runners-up in the Southern Gate In Bloom competition, organised by our North Prospect contractor Kier Living. She tends to her garden with her daughter, Kim.

The pair, along with fellow runners-up Susan and Ivor Hawkins, of Wyatt Avenue, have won bee and insect habitats. Jade Wilkinson and her partner, Aaron Maclean, of Wordsworth Crescent, won first prize – a £100 Plymouth Garden Centre voucher. The entries were judged during a walkabout of the estate by John and Keith Gazzard, David McManus and Sara McManus, all of Kier Living.

Jade said: “I was really happy to win but quite surprised. We moved in a year ago last June, but only started doing the garden once we’d settled. It’s the first house we’ve had with a garden. It’s mainly borders and picket fencing. We’ve grown marigolds and shrubs. We have a lawn and patio at the back and that’s our next project. We’ll be spending our vouchers on that.”

Sara McManus, community engagement officer for Kier, said: “It was a privilege to see the delightful and colourful front gardens on show at the Southern Gate development. Chatting with everyone who entered the competition meant I could understand the reasoning for their planting choices and how they plan to maintain and nurture their gardens which, in turn, really do brighten up the whole development. The love, care and attention to the new homes was fantastic to see.”

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