Fundraiser will see thousands of bluebells planted in Lichfield

Feb 23, 2012 by Ross

Five thousand bluebells will be planted in a Lichfield park to raise money for cancer research.

Some of the volunteers who will be helping to plant the bluebells

Some of the volunteers who will be helping to plant the bluebells

People are being asked to make donations to sponsor a bluebell wood at Beacon Park as part of an initiative by the Tamworth and Lichfield Committee for Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Lichfield District Council.

The aim is to raise at least £5,000 for CRUK’s Birmingham Institute for Cancer Research, which spends nearly £9million a year on its lifesaving work.

People can take part in the planting and sponsor the wood from 11am on March 11. They can also donate online before or at any time after the event and add their names to a list of donors.

CRUK committee chair Kirsty Allen said: “We want to raise awareness of the fantastic work of the world’s largest cancer charity, which people can support by making donations and have the opportunity to make dedications to loved ones who have been touched by cancer.

“The bluebell wood will grow each year as the plants multiply.”

A dedication plaque will also be installed next to the bluebell wood.

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for leisure services, added: “Beacon Park already has a number of bluebells dotted around, but we’re delighted the woodland will be home to a stunning carpet of bluebells and that this project will help to raise money for an important charity.

“We hope lots of local people join in with the bulb planting, as it will be both a rewarding and fun day. I’m really looking forward to seeing the flowers in bloom and I’m sure it will encourage even more of our park visitors to discover the woodland walk.”

For more information contact Kirsty Allen on 07790 837601 or email tamworthlichfield4cruk@yahoo.co.uk.

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