South Molton-based wood panel manufacturer, West Fraser (trading as Norbord), has donated £1000 to help a community sustainable planting project, designed to sow colourful gardens across the town.

The factory in South Molton donated the funds to the South Molton In Bloom project which has been used to create beautiful flower displays around the local community, including a garden of blue and yellow flowers near the South Molton Community hospital – cultivated to show solidarity with the country of Ukraine.

The project was founded by the recently retired Sue Harrison, who decided to launch the project during lockdown to work with the community in creating eye-catching and vibrant gardens. Each garden is designed sustainably and help provide wellbeing support for all residents in the area.

On the project and donation, Sue said: “The South Molton In Bloom project started out as a simple idea I had during lockdown and has grown into a fantastic community effort, which people and businesses alike have been hugely supportive of. It’s been fantastic to see so many people from across the area band together to add some wonderful colour to the town with the new gardens.

“I’d also like to thank the generosity of the West Fraser team for their large donation which has helped us to not only create a dedicated garden near the South Molton community hospital, but allow us to extend the project to Bloomer’s Corner in the town centre.”


John Maude, General Manager at West Fraser’s South Molton mill, said: “We are always happy to support great local initiatives in any way we can so we were thrilled to help Sue in her goal to bring together the local community and add some beautiful gardens to the area. The whole town looks fantastic now that all the flowers have bloomed over the summer, so thank you to Sue and everyone involved for their hard work.”

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