Children from Trinity Road Primary School came to Lionmede Park in Springfield for a day of crocus bulb planting with the council’s parks team.

The children were split into two groups in the morning and afternoon of Thursday 10 October and got to work planting and learning about the local park on their doorstep.

Getting outside

The park’s leaders taught the children how to plant their own winter bulbs and explained how their hard work will turn into lovely flowers in the spring.

Everyone was kitted out in wellies, gloves and warm clothes and got stuck into transforming a small section of Lionmede Park. They used special equipment to create holes in the ground and each child put around 20 bulbs in the soil.

It’s wonderful to see young people getting involved in our parks and connecting with nature. We are fortunate to have many beautiful green spaces in the heart of our city; teaching children how to help take care of them from such an early age is incredibly beneficial, both to the children and to the wildlife that will thrive for years to come thanks to their hard work.

Councillor Rose Moore, Cabinet Member for Greener and Safer Chelmsford

In the coming weeks, children from other schools in the local area will also take a turn in planting more bulbs, helping to create a blossoming landscape for next year. The children will return in early spring to see how their labour has resulted in beautiful blooms for all the community to enjoy.

I’ve been doing this for years and I never get tired of seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they learn something new about our parks. It’s so great to see local schools getting involved in our parks and green spaces. What I love the most about holding these hands-on events for the children is that everyone can get involved, no matter what their ability. There’s something for everyone – and who doesn’t like to get outside, especially during a school day!

Parks and Conservation Volunteer Leader who runs these sessions

Lionmede Park

Lionmede is a popular green space for local families and dog walkers in the Springfield area. There’s plenty of nature and matured trees in this part of Chelmsford – you can find out more on the Love Your Chelmsford website.

Volunteer with us

Everyone can get involved in planting in the parks, not just local schools. If you have ever thought about getting out in the open, meeting new people and helping to conserve and maintain nature, then check out the Love Your Chelmsford website.