We have heard many stories of Britain in Bloom groups, community organisations, and councils rising to the challenges posed by COVID-19 in maintaining their environment during this difficult time. It seems that where there’s a will, there is often a way - as was recently proven by Cove in Bloom in Aberdeen when they took delivery of a new planter during the national lockdown.
Having received a self-watering tiered planter hot off the Amberol production line when the factory re-opened after the initial national lockdown, the organisers of Cove in Bloom were faced with a problem: how to place and plant their self-watering container while maintaining social distancing.
The planter was to be placed outside a local supermarket as Wendy Suttar of Cove in Bloom explains. "The Co-op store had chosen Cove in Bloom as a Local Community Fund partner during 2019, raising a sizable amount of money. As part of the scheme, 1% of what local shoppers spend on selected own-branded products and services goes to help fund community projects where they live. As an acknowledgement of their support, we had promised them a tower planter which had been ordered from Amberol during the early weeks of lockdown.”
Although designed to be moved if required, positioning and planting the tiered container was more challenging than usual due to restrictions around COVID. However, the fact that Amberol’s tiered planters can be taken apart then put back together relatively easily made it possible to relocate the planter with a little bit of help.
Wendy explains: “We spoke about filling the container and planting it at the roadside, but when we asked the Co-op they said that they would like it beside the shop, as originally planned, and that they would water it. So, the problem of moving it under lockdown conditions was raised.”
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