Budleigh Salterton council to splash £1,575 on watering town’s floral features

Civic leaders in Budleigh Salterton have agreed to splash £1,575 on watering the town’s floral features this summer.

Representatives agreed to fork out the entire cost of the work after Budleigh in Bloom asked for a donation towards it.

The town council grant aid will ensure colourful planters and boats are watered by a local contractor until September.

Councillor Alan Jones told colleagues at a meeting on Monday that the displays are ‘a credit to the town’ and ‘something for the townspeople’.

Cllr Caz Sismore-Hunt added that the contractor ‘does a good job’ and said of Budleigh in Bloom’s efforts: “The town is looks beautiful, even now.”

Cllr Lynda Evans, who is involved with the group, said: “Watering is essential. We’ve had a difficult time as we haven’t been able to raise funds this year. We have planted up as well as we can. Wish us well for next year.”

Budleigh Town Council voted in favour of making a donation to cover the costs of watering – then agreed to fund the entire £1,575 quote.

The green-fingered group’s chairman Catherine Carr had written the authority on June 18 and said: “Budleigh in Bloom has had to restrict its activities somewhat in the current situation.”

However, members were out last month filling troughs, mangers and wedding cake planters with an array of floral features. They have also been maintaining other areas with their own plants.

“In all we hope that things will look well,” added Mrs Carr.

“We are letting the two round beds on The Green lie fallow awaiting more permanent, sustainable planting in the autumn.

“The success of the displays of violas through the winter and spring owes much to your funding of the watering.”

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