Flowers Galore!

Broxtowe Borough Council is moving towards making its flower beds more environmentally friendly. In previous years the Council planted its 171 flower beds with traditional bedding. Last year the Council trialled the planting of urban meadows at a number of locations across the borough.
Urban meadows are a mixture of annual biennial and perennial plants chosen for their colourful flowers.
This innovation was incredibly successful and this year the scheme was rolled out on a greater scale across the borough. The advantages of urban meadows, is that they supply a profusion of colourful flowers and provide a food source and cover for mammals, birds and insects.
“Providing colour and attractive surroundings for our residents is a high priority for the Council. These urban meadows are not only innovative in terms of plantings but are also environmentally sustainable for local wildlife bringing nature into our towns” said Cllr Shane Easom, Chair of the Leisure and Environment Committee, shown here helping the Council’s parks team maintain the urban meadow planted on Giltbrook Island.

About Sue Sambells

Editor of Bramcote Today. Trustee of Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch. Lead Coordinator for RVR, Bramcote - Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
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5 Responses to Flowers Galore!

  1. Councillor Richard MacRae says:

    They should sort out the one at the top of Bessell Lane in Stapleford as it’s a right mess.

    Stapleford Community Group are doing the ones at The Roach and the plants we all planted are starting to take shape. We just need to get more colour in them.

  2. RichHartman says:

    Brilliant initiative. Better than ‘traditional bedding (and possibly cheaper too)’. I’ve seen this approach in a few other locations around the borough lately. Well done, the council’s landscape team. Looks lovely.

  3. Cllr Martin Plackett Bramcote Ward BBC says:

    Good to offer praise to our Borough Parks Team for their consistent hard work in all our parks and flower beds. But as Rich says the ‘urban meadows’ colourful planting is truly a brilliant initiative. So ‘thank you’ to everyone involved at Broxtowe Parks!

    • Peter Chatfield says:

      I presume that the new planting near to Oakland Court is part of thei Urban Meadow initiative. Unfortunately a mass of yellow in a rectangular area does not look as good as grass. The intention sounds good but could possibly need a bit more thought as to layout and colours.. Incidentally next to the car park on Oakland Court is a raised flower bed which as far as I can recall has had very little attention paid to it and looks increasingly untidy and unkempt. Is this not supposed to be part of the flower bed remit of the Council gardeners?

  4. Peter Chatfield says:

    I do not know if it is a result of my comment on Bramcote today but a team of gardeners have been and completely stripped the untidy bed that I mentioned leaving a nice level of soil ready for replanting. Congratulations to the gardeners who spent most of the day on this exercise which much improves the area. I hope the eventual recultivation will maintain the future appearance e.

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