Cubs help Kings Hill go for gold
Children from the Mereworth and Kings Hill Cub Scout Pack put their green fingers to the test when they helped plant flowers in readiness for Kings Hill’s entry into this year’s South and South East in Bloom competition.
The activity was part of celebrations marking the centenary of the Cub Scouts and, said organiser Dr Nicola Mallett, one of the pack’s Assistant Cub Scout Leaders, it was a wonderful opportunity for the young people to help their community.
The Cubs planted cowslips, ox eye daisies and red campion, which will bloom in time for the competition’s judging in early July, and helped mulch the flower beds. “The cubs loved getting dirty and learning about plants and planting,” said Nicola. “They enjoyed helping out and afterwards had a tour of the Control Tower and spent time making brass rubbings of the planes in the paving surrounding the tower.”
This will be the third year Kings Hill has entered the South and South East in Bloom competition and in the first year it received a silver gilt award and last year three silver gilt awards.
“This year we are going for gold and it was wonderful to have all those extra pairs of hands to help us with the planting,” said Susan Davies, estate manager of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust.
“We are entering the ‘Town Centre’ and ‘Business Landscape’ categories and, with the help of landscapers Coblands and advised by our ecology consultant Susan Deakin, have planted over an acre of wildflowers.
Each year Liberty ensures that the landscaping at Kings Hill provides colour and texture throughout the year, planting thousands of bulbs and sowing swathes of wild flower seeds in the public areas and along the paths and roadsides.
Kings Hill is a 24-hour live, work, play modern garden village and has an established business community, providing jobs, amenities, homes, schools and other community infrastructure all within walking distance. Amenities include an 18 hole golf course, Waitrose and Asda stores plus other convenience retail, three schools, Sports Park, cricket pitch and two gyms including David Lloyd, acres of woodland and open space and many miles of foot and cycle paths.
The new residential neighbourhood is underway, a new primary school – the third at Kings Hill - opened last year and an extension to the community centre, additional allotments, trim trails and pitches for the Kings Hill Sports Park are in the pipeline. Land will also be provided for a place of worship.
Land is also available for further office and business space requirements.