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Flower power to brighten up Swansea this summer

In a serene, peaceful corner of Singleton Park, finishing touches are being put to thousands of flowers that will brighten up Swansea this summer.

Hanging baskets (Alan)

Experts from Swansea Council's parks service are now treating over 1,000 hanging baskets, 900 lamp-post displays and 200 flower troughs with tender loving care in readiness for their delivery to businesses and residents later this month.

The council has taken on four extra seasonal staff until October to help with the orders, which take now up two giant, multi-span greenhouses behind closed doors at the city's Botanical Gardens attraction.

Proceeds from the orders, already worth more than £130,000, are being reinvested back into council services for the benefit of residents across the city.

Online orders, which have generated over £10,000 in recent months, are available at until the end of May. 

Communities including Killay, Clydach and Morriston are among those that will benefit from the floral displays.

In the city centre, businesses including The Potters Wheel, La Braseria, The Bank Statement and Starvin Jacks have all placed orders. Areas of High Street, Dyfatty and Uplands will also benefit, along with Castle Square, where five, three-tier floral displays and 18 lamp-post baskets will be introduced.

Each hanging basket, lamp-post basket and flower trough contains over 20 plants, including geraniums, creeping jennies and begonias.

Mark Russ, Parks and Cleansing Manager at Swansea Council, said: "The hanging baskets will complement everything else we're doing across Swansea this summer to make the city as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

"The huge number of orders we'll be delivering in coming weeks speaks volumes for the popularity of our hanging basket scheme.

"Together with our wild flowers initiative and Clyne in Bloom, which is now on-going throughout May, the hundreds of hanging baskets, lamp-post displays and flower troughs will ensure Swansea is a riot of colour over the summer months, helping further improve the appearance of a city that's already renowned for its coastal beauty."

More than 140 roadside verges, roundabouts and other locations across Swansea will benefit from wildflower displays this summer. All sites have now been prepared, sprayed and seeded, with bloom expected towards the end of June.

Last year, weather conditions meant some sites were still in bloom at the start of November.

Now May has started, the annual Clyne in Bloom festivities are also now in full flow.

As well as the award-winning rhododendrons, azaleas and other floral displays available in Clyne Gardens, a variety of live music is available throughout the month.

This includes the Morriston Big Band on Sunday May 7 from 3pm to 5pm, the Swansea Accordion Orchestra on Sunday May 14 from 3pm to 5pm, the U3A Ukulele Band on Sunday May 21 from 3pm to 5pm, and Trim Bling Star on Sunday May 28 from 3pm to 5pm.

"Clyne Gardens are terrific throughout the year, but May is the ideal time to pay a visit," said Mr Russ. "It's one of many award-winning parks and gardens in Swansea that we work hard to maintain for the benefit of residents and visitors to the city."

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