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Planting of bulbs in 2013 and  2014

In response to queries about where to view bulbs that were planted in the Valley of a Million Bulbs in 2013, please look at Maps 1, 2 or 3, and then zoom-in using your browser Zoom Function to view street names nearby.

Bulbs will appear in the areas marked Orange on the maps from February through to May.
Not all bulbs will appear at the same time, so you can enjoy a Spring full of surprises!

Map 1 : Sidmouth central from sea front to Sidford

Map 2 : Bowd/Sidford/Trow Hill

Map 3 : Sidford to Sidbury


Sidmouth's Challenge

The President of the Sid Vale Association, Handel Bennett, and John Townsend from the Keith Owen Fund who organised the planting, say;-

Many people are aware of the very generous gift made to Sidmouth and the Sid Valley, by the late Keith Owen. He asked the Sid Vale Association ‘to think outside the box’. Whilst encouraging conservation and natural heritage, he said, ‘Think big! Plant a million bulbs! - get everyone involved.”

Volunteers have already  planted bulbs in 2013, 2014 and 2015.. These included pupils and parents from Sidmouth CEPS, Sidbury CEPS, St. John’s IE School, Sidmouth College; churchyards of the Parish Church, St. Giles (Sidbury), St. Francis (Woolbrook), and St. Peter’s (Sidford); the SVA Woodlands and Estates team, Sidmouth in Bloom, National Trust East Devon Rangers from Branscombe, Friends of the Byes, Balfour Manor Residents, Lymebourne Residents, Sidmouth W.I., Sidbury community, Stowford Lodge Community Centre; S. Cricket, Tennis, and Croquet Club, S. Rugby Club; the Scouts, Guides, and Brownies, the Fusion Youth Café; Army Cadets, Air Training Cadets; and Waitrose staff.

John Townsend continued, “We planted  naturalised bulbs as far as possible. They are more likely to re-appear year after year. Some bulbs were planted in clumps. Small bulbs (snowdrops, crocuses, and bluebells) were planted in handfuls”. We are grateful for the generous co-operation of Sidmouth Garden Centre in the logistics of handling, storing, sorting and distributing  tthe bulbs.

Handel added, “Keith Owen saw voluntary action as evidence of a community at peace with itself. The SVA, through Keith’s gift to the people of Sidmouth, has in the last 5 years provided many grants to local voluntary organisations totalling over £400,000! .