Hedgehogs, Crocosmia and Caistor in Bloom
Caistor in Bloom is just one small part of an initiative that makes up the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom.
Every year, 1000 communities enter RHS Britain in Bloom. They are judged for their achievements in three core pillars: Horticultural Excellence; Environmental Responsibility and, possibly the most important aspect, Community Participation.
This weekend the Citizen visited one of Caistor’s many examples of community participants, Lauri Fox.
Lauri and her husband Mark have turned their garden, and their neighbour’s garden, into a beautiful oasis dedicated to the beautiful flowering plants called Crocosmia.
They also worked tirelessly to improve the appearance of a bank alongside the Town Hall car park. Lauri and Mark have cleared a mini-forest of weeds and the bank is currently blooming with daffodils and wildlife. Lauri is seen here showing Michael Galligan from Caistor in Bloom a picture of the bank before their community work.
Opposite the bank and in a corner of the car park as it borders with North Street, Lauri and Mark cleared another area and positioned a stone chair that once graced their garden for walkers to stop and admire the scene.
We also met Gertrude, one of the hedgehogs they care for. This little lady while living wild unfortunately got caught by a garden strimmer and lost a leg. She will never survive in the wild again and will be looked after at the Crocosmia Gardens for the rest of her life.
The gardens are part of the Caistor Spring Open Gardens next Sunday (April 12) which includes 10 other gardens. Opening times are from noon to 5pm. Admission tickets will be available from the Multi-Use Centre near to Caistor’s War Memorial. Entry fee will be £5, with children under the age of 16 admitted free. Phone 01472 851883 for more details.