Our Big Bulb Planting Event (and Kids Rock Painting) 10th November, Saturday, 10am – 2pm

This Friends of Manor Park community bulb planting event is now in its second year. Last November we planted over 2,000 bulbs in Manor Park – effectively starting a Bluebell Copse near the railway. We also added colour at the entrances to the copse with tulips.

Bulb Planting

This year we’re going to continue this work by planting more Bluebell bulbs, Lily of the Valley, Wood Anemone, Tuilips, and even some Wild Garlic (a nod towards edibles in the park and our future orchard project). These bulbs will create a lasting legacy in the park which will provide colour and interest year after year.


There will also be a rock painting activity for kids under our Friends’ gazebo. Paint, brushes and rocks will be provided.

Where and when?

We will be located on the grassy area by the Malden Road, opposite the flats, by the railway bridge.The day starts at 9:45am with teas served, then we kick-off (properly) at 10am with the tool safety talk and directions for the day, and then off to do some bulb planting. We’ll have our main tea break at midday – which is a great chance to catch up with your neighbours.


  • You will need to supervise your own children if they are taking part in any of the activities – they are entirely your responsibility
  • Tools and gloves with be provided, but do bring your own gloves and garden spade if you have one. We found that the large garden spades were the best way to get the bulbs into the ground last year.
  • We always recommend wearing warm rough clothes, and do bring something waterproof.

A big thank-you

A big thank you to our St.James’ Ward councillors, who are providing the discretionary funds to pay for the bulb planting, to Beaton House Childcare and Little Lillies Childcare who are providing the children’s rock painting, Sandra and David Wyreth who will running the refreshments table, Tesco and McColls who are providing drinks and snacks, and idverde who are providing tools and equipment, and of course to all our wonderful volunteers.