This year, for the first time the Parks team had their summer bedding plants grown for them by Taunton Deane Nurseries in Somerset. The plants were very good quality, so they have decided to use the nursery again to grow the spring bedding.
Some of the team visited the nursery recently to see the facilities and to check on the plants’ progress. Taunton Deane have a reasonable-sized nursery at the edge of Taunton, over-looking the Blackdown Hills. There are a number of glasshouses and tunnels used to produce plants for a number of local authorities, including Taunton and Bridgewater, Salisbury and East Devon.
The team inspected their plants, which are looking excellent and growing well. They also took the opportunity to check out what varieties others had chosen, which may provide inspiration when it comes to choosing bedding for next year.
The team will be busy planting out the bedding in late October. As well as the plants, they have also ordered nearly 20,000 bulbs from Holland, which they hope will give green spaces across the University the wow factor in winter and spring.