Suffolk practice stations again in bloom


Ipswich Station Thompson Morgan, ActivLives' gardeners and Jackie Station Manager at Ipswich

The T&M crew, ActivLives’ gardeners and station supervisor Jackie at Ipswich Train Station

Colour has returned to Ipswich and Stowmarket practice stations due to a partnership between practice operator Abellio Greater Anglia, native seed and plant specialist Thompson & Morgan and Ipswich-based charity ActivLives.

In a repeat of final yr’s superb hanging basket shows, volunteers and younger learners from ActivLives have been busy rising baskets of Thompson & Morgans’ finest promoting Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’. This yr they’ve added Begonia ‘Fragrant Falls’ to the combination, to offer scent in addition to color to the platforms.

Begonia 'Fragrant Falls' & Begonia 'Fragrant Falls' at Ipswich Station

Begonia ‘Fragrant Falls’ & Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’ from T&M at Ipswich Station

Not solely will the hampers brighten up the journeys of everybody who passes by the stations on the London to Norwich mainline, the venture has supplied native younger folks with precious horticultural expertise. Participants from various organisations, together with WS Training, Talent Match and Seetec, participate in coaching programmes at ActivLives’ two backyard initiatives in Ipswich to realize expertise for work.

The ActivLives crew planted up the hampers again in April. They have since tended the Begonia blooms on the glasshouses within the walled backyard at Chantry Park, bringing them into peak situation for show on the practice stations.

Ipswich Station Thompson Morgan with ActivLives' gardeners

Ipswich Train Station with Thompson & Morgan Blooms

Thompson & Morgan’s Horticultural Director, Paul Hansord mentioned:

“We were pleased with last year’s baskets, but ActivLives has outperformed themselves this year, with bigger and better baskets for real impact. Planted in incredicompost® and fed with incredbloom® at planting time, these baskets look stunning and will continue to perform right through to autumn. Requiring minimal care from station staff – spent flowers simply fall off to be replaced by fresh new blooms. The addition of Begonia ‘Fragrant Falls’ should really lift the spirits of workers on their daily commute and provide a warm welcome for visitors and tourists passing through both stations.”

For assist and knowledge on rising and caring in your personal begonias, go to our begonias hub page for a wealth of sources.

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