Flower bed tribute for Bernard

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Fylde Town Hall is set for some new flower beds in memory of a long-serving town hall keeper.

Passers-by will soon notice wild meadow flowers and sunflowers in the vicinity of the town hall steps and disability access ramp.

At about the same time, an existing flower bed in the centre of the lawn will be replanted with a new cordyline palm tree and borders in memory of town hall keeper Bernard Judge, who died in March aged 78.

Bernard, despite his advanced years, worked as town hall keeper until his death, having spent 30 years in the post.

Johanna Wood, the council’s landscape officer, said: “The planted areas are looking very tired at the moment. The soil is of poor quality and the aspect is sunny: ideal conditions for wildflower meadow planting.

“We will be trialling designer mixes which may be used in other schemes across the borough in future, so any feedback would be welcome.”

The effect of these seed mixes can make an area look less tidy – but they attract butterflies and bees. Staff are also being invited to plant sunflowers. Other plans for the gardens include an overhaul of the central island flower bed in the lawn.

Johanna added: “The central bed will be replanted with a new central cordyline palm tree in memory of town hall keeper Bernard Judge who died in March. Cordylines were a favourite of Bernard’s and he is well remembered by everyone who met him. It seems right that we honour him in the improvements we are making to the gardens.”