A garden centre in Long Ditton has donated over 17,000 yellow tulip bulbs to brighten up two parks, a high school and care home for veterans in the local area.

Squire's garden centre staff, together with students, volunteers and the charity’s gardening club helped planted the bulbs in October.

The bulbs went to Esher High School, Pear Tree Community Garden in Chessington, and the local charity The Royal Star & Garter Homes.

Squire’s garden centre pledged to donate 10 bulbs for every bag of bulbs that customers purchased in September, as part of the “Love Where You Live” campaign.

Chrissie Heyes, manager of the Royal Star and Garter Homes, said: “Our residents love spending time in our beautiful garden. Thanks to this generous donation from Squire’s Long Ditton, they will have even more to look at and enjoy in the spring.”

Sarah Squire, deputy chairman of Squire’s said: “We are very grateful for the support our family business receives from local people. It’s fantastic to be able to give something back to the communities where we are located.

“Autumn is the best time of year to plant spring flowering bulbs. Tulip tarda is the variety we have donated. It has clusters of beautiful yellow and white fragrant star-shaped flowers.

“It has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit, and I am sure that it will produce a spectacular display of colour come next springtime.”