Create a sea of snowdrops at Egerton Park


Stuck for something to do for your mum for Mother’s Day? Well take a look at a new flower planting scheme being run by Rother District Council.

The local authority has teamed up with the Sussex Wildlife Trust to promote a snowdrop-planting event in Egerton Park on Saturday March 29 – handily the day before Mothering Sunday.

Families are invited to join volunteers in planting the perennial flowering plants, which organiser say will help to improve the appearance of the park and attract wildlife.

Councillor Bob White, district council cabinet member for culture, tourism and leisure, said: “At a time of year when we recognise the role of mothers, this event offers an opportunity for people to make a lasting gift which will flower every year.

“This is also a chance for people to get close to nature, enjoy the arrival of spring and help to make one of Bexhill’s most attractive spots even more beautiful.”

Kim Richards, people and wildlife officer at Sussex Wildlife Trust’s 1066 Project, added: “We are really pleased to be working with the district council to make the park an even better place for people and wildlife. This is a lovely way to give flowers for Mother’s Day as people will be planting something that will increase year on year that is both beautiful and beneficial.

“Naturalised snowdrops are an excellent nectar source for insects coming out of hibernation, especially bees, and look so hopeful when they appear in midwinter.”

The event on March 29 runs from 10am to noon, with people taking part asked to meet by the park’s refreshments kiosk. People are advised to wrap up warm and bring a trowel. Free tea and coffee will be provided. More information is available by calling Sussex Wildlife Trust on 07585 901360 or Rother District Council on 01424 787522.