Community spirit blooms in Horsford following bumper gift of bulbs and shrubs from Lovell

A bumper donation of 1,000 bulbs is set to bring spring colour to the village of Horsford.

Local housing developer Lovell presented the bulbs, along with a gift of shrubs and bark chippings, to support the Norfolk village's annual Tidy Day, organised by parish councillor Malcolm Makins and his family, when the community comes together to spruce up the neighbourhood. This year, more than 50 people including Scouts, Beavers and Cubs, took part helping tidy paths and collecting litter.

"It's impressive to see the way people in Horsford are prepared to roll up their sleeves and make a difference in their community," says Tony Tann, regional director for Norwich-based Lovell which is currently building the new Pinelands housing development in the village. "We share their commitment to helping local neighbourhoods and are delighted to have been able to support their hard work by donating the bulbs and plants."

Malcolm Makins says: "Some of the shrubs have been planted around the Village Hall to replace plants which have been damaged or affected by the dry summer and some at the front of the infant school. The bulbs will be planted along the approach to the village from Holt and the remainder distributed to the schools and churches. We are extremely grateful to Lovell for this kind donation and look forward to watching them grow, along with the community spirit of Horsford Tidy Day."

The Tidy Day is also supported by Broadland District Council, which provides litter pickers and other equipment, and local businesses who help with refreshments and prizes for a tombola.