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Brownies set to blossom as they flag up landmark anniversaries

Ian Salsbury with the traditional hay wagon, which will be part form a new feature at the entrance to Caistor EMN-140503-111835001

Ian Salsbury with the traditional hay wagon, which will be part form a new feature at the entrance to Caistor EMN-140503-111835001

Members of Caistor Brownies will mark their half century and the movement’s centenary by helping plant up a new floral feature in the town.

A traditional hay wagon has been loaned to the town’s In Bloom group by the granddaughter of the late Ron Vickers of Stone Farm in the nearby village of Thoresway.

Now plans are well underway to site the wagon at the top of Grimsby Road, opposite the Montessori School, as an attractive welcoming feature to Caistor.

The hay wagon will be planted up with flowers in the colours of the Lincolnshire flag and surrounded with sustainable planting.

“This is a pivotal location to display this feature reflecting the agricultural history of our area,” said Deborah Barker, Caistor in Bloom Chairman.

“It will be seen by the many thousands of people who travel along the A46 and the Horncastle and Riby roads on a daily basis.

“It will hopefully attract more visitors to the town.

“And as this year is the centenary of the National Brownies Association, and more pertinently the 50th anniversary for Caistor Brownies, their offer of help in planting up and maintaining the hay wagon was gratefully accepted.”

Restoration works are taking place and sponsors are donating wood, paint and volunteer time in anticipation of the planting.

Caistor and District Lions Club has been instrumental in helping the project take shape, along with local furniture businessman Ian Salsbury

“From the recent Caistor in Bloom consultation process, feedback was extremely positive about the project, which has now been further endorsed by other town groups, including the Caistor Civic Society and Caistor Town Council,” added Ms Barker.

Caistor in Bloom obtained a licence from Lincolnshire Highways to plant at this location and specific permission has been granted for the area to be utilised.

The hay wagon will be fully secured and immobilised at this location.

Following the summer flowering period the hay wagon will be returned to storage by the owner.

 

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