A remembrance gift from our Dutch friends!

ben-howlett-plants-bulbs-at-carers-centreWe were delighted to welcome Bath’s MP, Ben Howlett, to the Carers’ Centre last Friday, when he took up his trowel on Remembrance Day to help plant 100 tulip bulbs donated to the B&NES Carers’ Centre by the Bath-Alkmaar Twinning Association.

The bulbs are part of a consignment of 5,000 donated to the City from its twin town in the Netherlands, to help mark 70 years of friendship between the two cities.

Other bulbs are being planted in the Orange Grove, in Parade Gardens, and in junior and infant schools across the City. BATA Chairman, Martin Broadbent, explained:

“70 years, Alkmaar sent the City 5,000 tulip bulbs to say thanks for the incredible support Bathonians showed, especially  to its children, in the aftermath of the last terrible winter of the Second World War. 

“Out of that friendship has come seven decades of friendship and exchange, and we were delighted when Alkmaar offered us another 5,000 bulbs to commemorate this special bond.”

Ben Howlett, who helped with some of the installation and maintenance of our garden, said he was keen to lend a hand, adding:

 “I was delighted to play a part in planting some of these rather special tulip bulbs, especially as it was on Remembrance Day. It is entirely appropriate that some bulbs have come to the Carers’ Centre here in Bath, which does such a wonderful job helping those who care for others.”

We are very grateful to BATA and our friends in Holland, for donating these bulbs – and to Ben for coming to help plant them.  Our garden is an important part of the service we offer local carers, and these tulip bulbs will both brighten things up in Spring, and give us something to talk about as we relax outdoors next year. We hope you will come down and see them when they flower! Carers are welcome to visit the garden all year round between 10-3pm, Monday to Friday. Free tea and coffee is available if you would like to sit and enjoy it’s beauty!

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