Green-fingered students from Bridgwater and Taunton College have assisted in planting 33,000 tulip bulbs at the historic Forde Abbey in Dorset.

A group of level three horticulture students planted the bulbs, which will form the spring display at the Abbey’s formal gardens.

As well as planting, students also received a tour of the rest of the grounds which span 30 acres, from head gardener Danny Burlingham.

Mr Burlingham said: “We are very grateful for the assistance that the horticulture students offered with the mass bulb planting. We have designed a new scheme within the formal gardens and it will be a fantastic spring display.”

Forde Abbey dates back 900 years, with the gardens originally used by monks to grow large quantities of vegetables, before being taken over by Sir Francis Gwyn during the early 18th century, who created the beginnings of the garden that remains now.

Tom Cunningham, course leader for horticulture at the college, said: “It was a pleasure to be able to assist Forde Abbey gardens with the project, and it offered good practical experience for the students. We are always keen to get involved in the local community projects.”


Featured picture: Forde Abbey in Dorset

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