Good news for green fingers

25 September 2018
Bulb giveaway 2018

* Over 25,000 bulbs available for local community groups and schools
* Flowers specially selected so that displays improve year-on-year
* Free compost also available from borough car parks

Gardeners and home growers rejoice! The annual Waltham Forest Council bulb and compost giveaway is returning for autumn 2018 – it’s a great chance to get together with your neighbours and plant some new flowers to brighten up a local grassy area, flower bed or tree pit and put a smile on people’s faces as they pass by.

The council has 25,000 bulbs to give away, which include hyacinths, daffodils and crocuses amongst others. Community groups, schools and gardening clubs can email to request bulbs. We will also send an email inviting groups who have taken part in previous years inviting them to get involved again.

The bulbs have been specially chosen as they are good for naturalising, which means they multiply easily and displays will improve year-on-year. The bulbs will be delivered in the weeks leading up to Friday 19 October. The bulb planting programme will begin with local schools on the Friday, and then continue with other groups over the weekend of 20 and 21 October.

But that’s not all. 225 tonnes of compost will be delivered to the following locations for our free compost giveaway, which starts on Monday 15 and runs to Sunday 21 October

Church Lane car park
Church Lane, E11 4QN
Low Hall sports ground
South Access Road, Walthamstow, E17 8AX
Kings Road Reuse and Recycling Centre
Larkshall Road, E4 7HZ

The compost will be topped up every day until the Sunday, and residents are encouraged to stop by with their own bags and shovels to help themselves.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We’re keen to build a strong sense of community and bringing residents together to plant flowers in our open shared spaces is a great way of doing this. It’s an activity that anyone can join in with, young and old, so whether you’ve lived in Waltham Forest all your life or you’re new to the area we’d love to have you join in.

“So let’s all get out there and plant bulbs at tree bases and verges. When spring comes the whole community will be able to enjoy a kaleidoscope of colour as the bulbs bloom and brighten up our streets, parks and neighbourhoods.”

Make sure you follow Waltham Forest Council on Twitter or Facebook to get all the latest info and updates on the great bulb and compost giveaway 2018.

Full list of bulbs:

2,000 Muscari  (Grape Hyacinth)
1,000 Aconites  (type of buttercup)
3,000 Crocus mixed bulbs
1,000 Galanthus nivalis bulb (Snow drop)
3,000 Narcissus fortune bulb (Daffodil)
6,000 Narcissus white bulb (Daffodil)
3,000 Narcissus 'King Alfred' bulb (Daffodil)
6,000 Narcissus Tête-à-tête bulb (Daffodil)