Building society and community group bringing flower power to Burbage

Earl Shilton Building Society is sponsoring a community project in Burbage which aims to get green-fingered residents planting flowers in colourfully-decorated wellies, to be displayed across the parish.

‘Flowers in the Rain’ is the first in a series of hippy-themed events planned in Burbage over the coming months, as part of community arts group Freestyle Burbage’s ‘Summer of Love 50’. The project marks the 50th anniversary of the original ‘Summer of Love’ in 1967.

Workshops are being held throughout April, in which Freestyle Burbage will offer local organisations and youth groups the chance to paint and decorate donated wellington boots, before planting them.

The finished wellies will be used to form a botanical trail across the town, displaying an impressive array of violets, stocks, wallflowers, aubretia and daffodils. A map will be available to guide local people around the trail route.

Earl Shilton Building Society has provided the seeds and compost for the project, and a branded pair of wellies donated by the Society will also form part of the display.

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive at Earl Shilton Building Society, said: “Flowers in the Rain is a fantastic project to be involved with and one we are very proud to support.

“It allows the residents of Burbage to celebrate their strong sense of community through art, and is a great opportunity for local people of all ages to get creative and see their town in a new light.”

“We are all looking forward to seeing the flower trail on display across the town in the near future.”

Mike George, of Freestyle Burbage, said: “We’d like to thank Earl Shilton Building Society for supporting Flowers in the Rain, and we look forward to working together to bring a bit of colour to Burbage.

“We have at least one event planned each month between April and September, including a fancy dress Strawberry Fields Hippy Picnic, a Penny Lane themed treasure hunt and a Diamonds in the Sky kite display.

“All of our Summer of Love 50 events are based on song titles and we’re trying to recreate the spirit of community that made that year so special.

“We’re open to all suggestions as long as they are positive and generally enhance our community and environment, so if you’ve got some artistic inspiration from this project and would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.”

Freestyle Burbage is a crowd-sourced and crowd-funded organisation, set up with the specific aim of encouraging local people to organise and take part in more community events and activities in the Burbage area. It relies solely on public donations and practical support from local people and businesses.

Earl Shilton Building Society is continuing to offer charitable funding to worthy causes across the local area in 2017, through its ‘In the community’ scheme.

All types of community groups, charitable organisations, teams, clubs and schools can take part. However, to ensure the scheme remains truly local, applications will only be accepted from the following postcode areas; LE, CV9 to 13 and DE11 to 15.

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