Cyclists taking on Preston’s Guild Wheel will soon be treated to a blaze of colour from 20,000 bulbs.
Workers from All Garden Services, in Ribbleton, along with two volunteers from Kirkahm Prison, are busy planting the bulbs at 12 sites which mark different sections of the 21-mile loop, after a donation from Barton Grange Centre in Brock.
Peter Topping, managing director of Barton Grange, decided to donate the daffodil, crocus and bluebell bulbs, as part of a Guild legacy.
He said: “We’ve already carried out landscaping work around the Guild Wheel, and we identified this project as a legacy of the Guild, to inspire the landscape. We’re very pleased that we’re a local company in a position to be able to give back to the community in this way.”
Andrew McGarvey, of All Garden Services, said: “There’s 12 sites all the way around the Guild Wheel that are the size of cricket pitches. On Friday we started at Savick Brook and we’re currently working on an area behind Cottam Primary School.
“There are a heck of a lot of bulbs and they should look amazing when they’re all out in bloom, The frustrating thing is that we’ll have to wait until spring to see them.”
Peter Ward, chairman of the Guild Wheel project, said: “This is the big, on going effort to create a top national wild life habitat and spectacular round the year display for Guild Wheel users,”
The £1.5million footpath and cycleway opened officially in August. The latest survey showed that 2,000 people are using it each week.