Bulb Bonanza Appeal
“Over the years we have been fortunate to receive large amounts of free daffodil bulbs through Groundwork’s Bulb Bonanza which have been planted in different areas of the farm by groups of children, trainees and volunteers. The sunshine yellow daffodils herald the advent of spring and bring joy to us all”.Meanwood Valley Urban Farm
Groundwork’s Bulb Bonanza has been bringing springtime to grey spaces in Leeds for over fifteen years, with over a million daffodil bulbs now planted on grass verges, beside schools and community centres, in local parks, and on roadsides.
The bulbs are distributed to local groups who get to don their wellies and get active in their community each autumn. With no special expertise and only basic equipment required it’s the perfect task for all ages and abilities to tackle together, and the whole community gets to reap the rewards the following spring.
We are asking for donations from individuals or local businesses to keep this project alive in 2014. Without such support it will cease to run and Leeds will be a less cheerful place in spring 2015.
Bulb Bonanza costs £8,000 a year to run (this funds approx 80,000 daffodil bulbs) and allows around 150 local groups to get active in their local community.
- £40 enables one community group to plant 500 daffodil bulbs in their local area
We were honoured to be voted charity of the year for the University of Leeds’ Staff Festival in the summer of 2013 and equally delighted when the University’s water research group, water@leeds contacted us in September to make a donation. They have generously kick started our Bulb Bonanza 2014 appeal with a donation of £162, made through the sales of their 2014 calendar which was compiled from a water themed photography competition.
Dr Rebecca Slack, Coordinator for water@leeds said;
“water@leeds is thrilled to support the work Groundwork does to improve the local environment and help communities make better use of their green spaces through Bulb Bonanza. As a research group, we are interested in the use of urban space for improved water management, as well as the wider services that green spaces can provide for food production, health and wellbeing, and learning and teaching.”