Historically Farnham has links with Haren in Holland. Haren Garden, which can found next to the town council offices near the River Wey in South Street commemorates this relationship and a visit by 150 Haren citizens in 1950. The visit was made as part of International Goodwill Week.
The bulbs, which were planted by the children on Monday, November 20, were donated by Dr Hans DuMoulin, a local historian and benefactor.
“We are very grateful to Dr DuMoulin for his kind donation, it’s gifts like this that enable us to accomplish so much each year in Farnham in Bloom,” said Stephen Hill, Farnham Town Council’s lead member for Farnham in Bloom.
“The added benefit of Dr DuMoulin’s involvement is that he was happy to share some of his passion for local history with our young gardeners.”
A plaque dating back to 1950 in the garden marks an old friendship between the people of Haren in the Netherlands and Farnham. Dr DuMoulin explained how the links between the two towns came about and hopes to be able to continue to donate the tulip bulbs in future years.
The bulb planting is part of the early preparations for the 2018 Farnham in Bloom initiative which will see the town transformed with flowers, greenery and planting schemes over the spring and summer months.