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In Bloom’s muscle boosts mussel beds

Members of Lytham In Bloom with Sue Cornah of the Civic Society at the former mussel beds site
Members of Lytham In Bloom with Sue Cornah of the Civic Society at the former mussel beds site
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Lytham In Bloom volunteers have been busy giving the town’s newly-converted mussel beds an unprecedented splash of colour.

The long-abandoned site facing the Ribble estuary is being given a new lease of life as a recreational area by Lytham St Annes Civic Society, which enlisted the help of the In Bloom team to ensure it looks its very best.

Working under the guidance of Tom Hollick, a consultant from Liverpool-based BCA Landscape Ltd appointed by the Civic Society, Lytham in Bloom’s Trevor Mackey devised the planting scheme for the project and the ever-enthusiastic group of volunteers did the rest.

“The scheme presented several challenges,” said Trevor.

“The location is very exposed and constant wind and sea spray is not a plant’s best friend. The choice of a mixture of shrubs and perennials took this into consideration.

“We have also sown wild flower seed which is especially for a coastal environment and this should provide some summer colour.”

Civic Society secretary Sue Cornah is delighted with the planting.

“It is very pleasing that different groups of volunteers can come together and help out in this way,” she said.

“After all, we both have the same aim at heart – to make people aware of our heritage and our natural environment at the same time as making Lytham as attractive as possible”.

Lytham in Bloom hold a fund-raising coffee morning at the town’s Assembly Rooms on Saturday, May 26 from 10am to noon.