Residents turned out in force on Tuesday morning (2 June) for the great bulb giveaway, where between 8,000 – 10,000 tulip bulbs were given away free by South Somerset District Council.
The event, held annually at St John’s Church Yard in Yeovil, was well attended and queues started forming from 8.30am. Bulbs were started to be given away from 9am due to the large queues that formed. This year, demand for the bulbs at the giveaway outstripped the supply.
Each year, bulbs that are dug up by South Somerset District Councils Horticultural team are given away to members of the public free of charge as a way to recycle them environmentally friendly and also so residents can benefit from them in the future.
Councillor David Recardo, Chairman of Yeovil in Bloom said, “The weather forecast was not too good, but despite that the sun shone on Yeovil. When I arrived at 9:30am I was a little surprised to see that the giveaway had already started, as I thought it started at 10:00am but once started, it would not have been practical to stop it. This Town Council initiative is always well received, as are the flowers around the town”.
Yeovil won Gold in last year’s South West in Bloom competition for the sixth time and eleven neighbourhood awards in the Britain in Bloom contest.
The Yeovil in Bloom initiative is managed and funded by Yeovil Town Council, and delivered with the support of South Somerset District Council.