Carlingford Tidy Towns create world record planting bulbs
CARLINGFORD TIDY TOWNS SET BLOOMING NEW RECORD
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