The Perry in Bloom – ‘Grants for Plants’ initiative will see several planters located and sponsored from central funds (over a three-year period) to enhance our village and make it ‘Bloom’. The local enthusiasm for this has been commendable.

By way of an update; since the 15thSeptember, when the Perry Village Open Evening took place, there have been some significant developments ‘behind the scenes’.

Because of that event 17 planters were adopted at various locations around the village, including the Baptist Church, many of them were taken on by local children.

Agreement was reached with Great Staughton Primary Academy that participation in the ‘Grants for Plants’ project would also accrue points towards the Children’s University Scheme, which encourages external curricular engagement for those that have enrolled through their school.

One of the main considerations was the ability to maintain the planters and water them following such a record level hot summer, such as we have just experienced.

To that end, sites were selected on council land based on accessibility to those who had expressed an interest in adopting and maintaining one.

The Parish Council met in October and agreed, after a tender process, to buy the necessary materials and commission the build of 18 planters for the project.

A local company, SCL Sleepers based at Great Staughton, were selected as the chosen supplier.

Top soil that will fill each planter, has been sourced from the A14 development site and liners have been kindly donated by Colin Beesley, the Village Handyman.

Some may have noticed that the construction process has commenced and is underway, thanks to the tireless efforts of Councillor Martin Wilson and Richard Winser.

This (and other updates) will be personally delivered to those adopting planters in the first phase.

Please do not ‘adopt’ your planter too early, work is still ‘in progress’ and we will communicate the developments and next steps.

Hopefully, we will await a very floral and colourful spring?!

For any further information please contact Richard Winser – Clerk to Perry Parish Council (via E Mail) –