ELDERLY people are appealing for help in brightening up their community.
The residents of Croftlands, in Newsome, are hoping flower power will do the trick – but need council officials to include them in their bulb planting mission first.
The Examiner recently reported that about 900,000 bulbs are being planted across Kirklees to create a carpet of colour when they spring into bloom next year.
Council officials are planting more than 700,000 purple crocuses, 178,000 yellow daffodils and nearly 3,000 snowdrops in sites all over the area, including Huddersfield town centre.
But residents of Croftlands, at Newsome, say they are always missed off the planting route. Denise Hallas, 69, said: “Last spring when the crocuses came out all up on the top of Newsome they looked absolutely beautiful, but we don’t have anything where we are.
“It would be lovely to have some flowers to look out at – I think it would really help brighten up peoples’ days.”
Mrs Hallas said that when the flats and bungalows on the street were built 30 years ago the surrounding green space used to be filled with colourful rose beds. But the flowers haven’t been replaced for years and she says the place is looking quite dull.
She said: “Croftlands is beginning to feel a bit like a forgotten place, so dull and dowdy. It needs a bit of cheering up and I really think some colour could make such a difference to the area. Maybe Kirklees is only planting on main roads like bus routes, but we still feel we should be included.”
Colin Bampton, who helps 80-year-old resident Marion Rhodes with her gardening, said he felt the elderly would particularly benefit from seeing their neighbourhood in bloom.
He said: “We used to have some roses but they became neglected and now we have nothing. There’s so little happening round here, and I think it would be nice for the old people – especially the housebound – to be able to look out their windows and see something colourful.”
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said: “Parks and Open Spaces would be delighted to hear from the community about where they would like to see bulb planting. Once a request has been received the service will need to check that the land in question is publicly owned and suitable before the work could go ahead.
“Although planting is already underway for next spring, the new areas would be considered for subsequent years.”