Riot of colour expected when 11,000 bulbs explode after Hailsham in Bloom efforts are notched up a gear

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More than 11,000 bulbs are set to be planted as preparations to make Hailsam bloom begins.

Plans to transform neglected areas of the town in time for next Spring began this week and will continue through November.

Despite the autumn chill volunteers, including residents and Hailsham In Bloom volunteers, planted the pedestrian guard rail planters in George Street, North Street and Hailsham High Street with winter shrubs ready for the 2013 winter and spring seasons.

It is just the start of months of work to transform the town by Hailsham In Bloom’s organising committee.

Each year the group raises up to £8,000 to ensure the town blooms the following year.

This month volunteers are set to plant an assortment of new bedding plants throughout the town to ensure Hailsham’s landscape will be a mix of vibrant colours next year.

The committee is now calling on everyone from green-fingered residents to novices to volunteer and get their hands dirty while helping the town.

The latest project follows on from the previous four years of successful planting of spring bulbs, which brightened up neglected areas in Hailsham and brought a splash of colour to the town in the spring.

Hailsham In Bloom chairman, Cllr Richard Grocock, said a great way to lift the appearance of the town was to see flowers bloom in the Spring.

He said. “After winter, spring flowers are always such a welcome sight .

“For the past four years we have been able to benefit from the planting of well over 35,000 visible spring bulbs - over and above what would normally be available for us as a working group thanks to generous donations from local businesses - improving many of the town’s verges and public open spaces.”

He added: “I hope more volunteers will come forward this year to help us with the planting campaign.

“Everyone is welcome to help out, get a little exercise and enjoy bulb planting with the Hailsham In Bloom team.”

Volunteers are set to plant more than 11,000 tulip, crocus, hyacinth and other bulbs in the High Street, North Street, George Street, South Road and many other sites in Hailsham.

To donate spring bulbs or to get involved in planting them contact Hailsham In Bloom on 01323 841702.