Council's summer planting ensures a blooming lovely borough

30 June 2016

Cheshire West and Chester Council has ensured that every part of the borough will be blooming lovely during the summer, with the planting of over 105,000 bedding plants.

The Council’s Streetscene Team has been busy preparing the ground at almost 120 locations and the planting process has begun.

The Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment Councillor Karen Shore said: "We want to let the public know just what a terrific job our Streetscene Team does in brightening up the borough.

“I'm sure residents and visitors notice and enjoy the fantastic floral feasts we have on display across Cheshire West and Chester, but maybe many don't really appreciate how much planning and hard work it involves." During April/May all the winter bedding plants are removed to allow preparation of the beds prior to summer planting, all plants removed are taken to local green waste disposal sites, where they are processed to create compost.

The Council maintains the plants hydration and prolongs the life of the displays by increasingly making use of drought tolerant plants, watering either early in the morning or evening, and using water-retaining crystals at the time of planting.  

This has the added benefit of reducing the frequency of watering. This reduces spend on floral displays but ensures the Council can continue to provide vibrant displays for the benefit of communities.

The planting phase, working to colour-co-ordinated layouts, will take four to six weeks, spreading the 105,000 bedding plants across the borough. From roundabouts in Ellesmere Port to hanging baskets in Weaverham; and from formal gardens in Castle Park, Frodsham to tiered planters in Cuddington, and everywhere else in between.

Varieties used for the floral displays will consist of geranium, dahlia, begonia, salvia, verbena, lobelia and marigolds - in an array of bright colours including reds, whites and blues for the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

The Council’s Street Care Pledge sets out a shared commitment with local residents to maintain clean and attractive streets. If you spot an environmental problem in your area please use the Your Streets website to report it. The website aims to make reporting problems easier and provide useful information about the range of services the Council provides in communities across the borough. 

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