Car­ling­ford Tidy Towns cre­ate world record plant­ing bulbs

CAR­LING­FORD TIDY TOWNS SET BLOOM­ING NEW RECORD

The Argus - - FRONT PAGE - BY OLIVIA RYAN

There was a bloom­ing new Guin­ness World Record to cel­e­brate as Car­ling­ford Tidy Towns vol­un­teers planted 5,537 bulbs in un­der an hour!

The am­bi­tious task, which was the brain­child of lo­cal man Pau­ric Flana­gan, saw 67 vol­un­teers work against the clock to plant thou­sands of bulbs on Sat­ur­day last along the em­bank­ment on the Car­ling­ford- Omeath road.

‘We had a fan­tas­tic turnout of peo­ple to vol­un­teer, and the weather was great for the event,’ Pau­ric told the Ar­gus.

The idea, he ex­plained, came about af­ter a plan to ‘do some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent’ for Car­ling­ford Tidy Towns.

‘I did a bit of re­search and there doesn’t seem to have been any­thing like this done be­fore, cer­tainly not by Tidy Towns groups.’

Af­ter putting the word out in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, Pau­ric says he was de­lighted with the en­thu­si­asm.

‘From there I set about or­der­ing 6,000 bulbs to al­low us some give and take. I also had to find a par­tic­u­lar tool that would work for each vol­un­teer to dig out, and even­tu­ally man­aged to get a tool that was small enough for peo­ple to use, and would do the job for plant­ing, thanks to Flagstaff Hard­ware.’

He added that when choos­ing bulbs for the event, he was keen to se­lect a range which would ex­tend­ing the flow­er­ing sea­son.

‘ There are a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent bulbs planted, so they should bloom from Fe­bru­ary right through to April,’

He ad­mit­ted that lo­gis­ti­cally ‘it took quite a bit of plan­ning’ but he set out with the aim of plant­ing 50 bulbs per me­tre.

‘So we planted out an area of just over 100 me­tres. The em­bank­ment made the job a bit trick­ier, but it worked out okay in the end.’

Hav­ing lodged his plans with the Guin­ness World Records of­fice, he had to ap­point two in­de­pen­dent ver­i­fiers on the day, and cap­ture a video of the event tak­ing place.

‘I’m de­lighted that ev­ery­one really got be­hind the plan. There were peo­ple of all ages, we had a big group of school chil­dren from the area tak­ing part which was great, and even one mem­ber of a Syr­ian fam­ily who re­cently set­tled in the area joined us on the day.’

Pau­ric thanked ev­ery­one who took part for their sup­port, with spe­cial thanks to Leo McKee for his as­sis­tance.

Pau­ric Flana­gan out­lines the rules to the vol­un­teers plant­ing Daf­fodil bulbs in the Car­ling­ford Tidy Towns Guin­ness World Record at­tempt in which they planted 5,537 bulbs in less than one hour. Left, Some of the younger vol­un­teers plant­ing Daf­fodil bulbs in the Car­ling­ford Tidy Towns Guin­ness World Record at­tempt.

Vol­un­teers plant­ing Daf­fodil bulbs in the Car­ling­ford Tidy Towns Guin­ness World Record at­tempt in which they planted 5,537 bulbs in less than one hour. Pic­ture: Ken Fine­gan

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