Community spirit is alive and well on Orchard Road in Brentford. On Sunday, 3 December, residents, many of them accompanied by children, turned out in force to plant 1,000 spring bulbs on the slope at the railway-station end of the road, near the King’s Arms pub. They also planted flowers in raised beds outside the railway station and on the eastbound platform. The pièce de résistance of the planting project was a small tree with lights on a timer. It will be lit for six hours every day in the Christmas period.
The planting day was an initiative of Air Quality Brentford and Orchard Road Residents. The bulbs were obtained on application and free of charge from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association in association with Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach, Lincolnshire.