idverde’s Colchester contract was pleased to support a project to replant the Folly Garden, which runs between The Minories and Firstsite in Colchester.
The project has been in the making for four years, when Colchester in Bloom was awarded a grant from Colchester Borough Council.
The Colchester in Bloom team was inspired by a visit to Birmingham’s Victoria Square and decided this was the look they wanted for the Folly Garden. They enlisted the help of idverde, who provide grounds maintenance services to Colchester Borough Council, including maintaining the award-winning Castle Park.
idverde’s Greenspace Development Team were happy to produce a design for the garden, sourcing a list of plants which were used in Birmingham’s Victoria Square.
Once the designs were finalised, the area was prepared with the help of Umesh Pun and the Nepalese Society, who removed the old bark from the area and dug the ground over. idverde then delivered and laid out the plants, and representatives from Colchester in Bloom, the Civic Society, Friends of the Minories, Friends of Castle Park, Firstsite, the Colchester Business Improvement District, local councillors, and Sir Rob Russell all came together to help with planting. idverde was on hand to support the event, and was also pleased to make a donation of two boxes of gardening boots to the Nepalese Society, who will be maintaining the garden going forward.
Pam Schomberg, Chairman of Colchester in Bloom, said: “Besides our small Colchester in Bloom team, we have had nothing but help and support from Andy Fulcher and all his team at idverde, the idverde design team, Ian Baalham and the gardeners of Castle Park, everyone at Minories Galleries, and the immense input of Umesh Pun and the Nepalese Society.
“Come the summer there will be more colour, but we are delighted with how it looks now, and what a difference it makes to the area and its surroundings.”