|Stacey taking care of the plants|
Yesterday, I picked up the stands (made from old pallets) from Cornerstone Vocational Training Centre in Birkenhead to start putting the wellies together for Hursts Bakery. I chose red, black and green wellies for them to fit with their distinctive bright red paint work. We decided to put the stand in an used doorway on the cafe side of the business. The staff seemed thrilled that they have their plants as the excitment about the new project is building. We are just waiting for one stand for The Hair Lounge to be completed. The others are being stored at SDA Survey and Design in their yard. Gary in the Festival Flowers has been working on his own ideas and think we may see it very soon...great!
Thanks to Darren from The Coffee Shop and Lloyd from Simply Food and Drinks for helping move the stands into position, they were too heavy for me!
Barb from Streaks Ahead has been doing a great job sweeping and tidying. Thankfully, the back alley has remained tidy for over a week now. We are expecting our planter from Wirral Council any time now but until then other plants have been appearing around the shops and a pair of concrete welly boots with foxgloves and periwinkle in is overseeing it all from the first house after the shops.
We have been getting loads of wellies through the Green Community Shop and Centre in Oxton Village on Christchurch Road but we have been getting also loads through the dumps.....I have got to have enough wellies for the 7 stands still to do and then the pairs for each householder so don't stop giving us your wellies we still need them so we can be "welly" good. So find a welly wheelie bin at Clatterbridge, Bidston or West Kirby dumps (thanks to Veolia Environmental Services) or take them to The Green Shop in Oxton Village or to The Coffee Shop on Wellington Road (in fact any of the businesses on Wellington Road as they are as keen as me to get this done) It has already started bonding the businesses and building the community spirit.
I am planning to create some bunting from plastic material used for creating bouncy castles that I have seen at The Play Council in Birkenhead for some of the businesses. We want each business to develop it's own style on their stands. Each shop has been given a watering can for them to take care of the plants.