GardenDrumDevon seaside village gets 1 million flowers

Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth. Photo Peter Teal

Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth. Photo Peter Teal

Sidmouth, a small seaside village in Devon UK, will plant over 1 million bulbs and flowers after it inherited a £2.3 million estate.

Devoran Hotel Sidmouth. Photo richtea

Devoran Hotel Sidmouth. Photo richtea

Retired banker Keith Owen loved the town so much that he left his substantial estate to keep Sidmouth ‘beautiful’, including the planting of 1 million bulbs. Owen was particularly keen that there should be projects that involve the whole community and discussed his wishes with community and parish leaders in the months leading to his death from lung cancer aged 69.

Sidmouth is a pretty Regency seaside town, popular with holiday makers during the summer season.

Sidmouth Garden Centre is busy getting in enough bulbs for a planting day on October 26, 2013, when local youth groups, community organisation and schools will assist in planting them in over 50 designated sites, including road sites, and public parks and gardens. By spring 2014, Sidmouth should be a very colourful sight!

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