It’s looking blooming lovely

Bulb planting, Hebron East Farm approach.
Bulb planting, Hebron East Farm approach.

BEAUTIFUL blooms will be bursting out over Hebron next spring, thanks to help from Northumbrian Water.

For two years villagers have had to endure mud, misery and mess as construction traffic trundled through to create a third water treatment plant.

So to compensate for the disruption members of the Hebron Community Association came up with ideas to enhance the area.

And after six months of working closely with Northumbrian Water, a massive bulb planting project took place.

Scale drawings of the grass verges were mapped out for the three roads converging in Hebron by resident Barry McWilliam to estimate how many bulbs were needed.

An order was duly placed and on Wednesday, October 17 a workforce assembled for the planting.

The utility company provided two teams of six staff, equipment and a mini JCB for turf-stripping, while the community association organised the bulbs, lunch, refreshments and volunteer support.

The ground preparation got under way at 8am, but within half an hour there was heavy rain.

Later it was revealed that half the monthly average rain had fallen that morning, but the workers carried on regardless and now the community is looking forward to seeing the results.

Resident Rona McWilliam said: “Working in atrocious conditions of heavy rain falling on already saturated ground, the work was completed on the day.

“The verges will recover and we look forward to a fine display of crocus and narcissus in spring.

“We are very grateful to Jane Dunn and Ian Wade of Northumbrian Water who organised a cheerful workforce to make this possible.”