Television boost for Shaftesbury snowdrop planting
CREWS from the BBC's One Show were in Shaftesbury this week to help promote the town's snowdrop project.
More than 60,000 snowdrops are to be planted around Shaftesbury to mark the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth.
The Shaftesbury Snowdrop Project has been set up under the Swan's Trust charity and is the brainchild of organiser, Pam Cruickshank, who contacted the One Show.
The programme is helping to give community initiatives a welcome boost by stimulating local and national interest through their One Show to the Rescue feature.
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Shaftesbury's BV Dairy is a supporter of the snowdrop project, and was visited by One Show presenter Angelica Bell during filming. Angelica also visited Shaftesbury High Street and the army camp at Tidworth in her quest for support for the community project. Her efforts were aired on Wednesday's One Show broadcast.
Pam Cruikshank said: "The Shaftesbury Snowdrop Project has captured the imagination of the BBC's One Show producers and they were particularly interested in the multi-faceted nature of the scheme.
"As the snowdrops spread each year, they will enhance our environment and attract many winter visitors to Shaftesbury. We want to enable all residents in Shaftesbury to feel a sense of shared identity by getting together for a worthwhile and rewarding community project."
Deputy Mayor of Shaftesbury, Andy Ryalls, planted the first of the autumn's snowdrops last month for the first flowering in the late winter of 2013.
That initial planting was a call to action as well as an official opening to the community planting which marks the beginning of an annual snowdrop event in the town.
Since then, lots of people have joined in but there are still thousands of bulbs to plant before the winter sets in. The whole community is being encouraged to lend a hand and add their names to the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Heritage Book which will be part of the town's Jubilee Archive.
The next planting day is this Sunday, 14th October, in the Trinity Centre Grounds - tools and snowdrops will be provided. For more information, call 01747 300174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org