Plantscape installs Ashes cricket flower displays

Individual planters, including barrier baskets, hanging baskets and three-tiered floor-standing planters, have been installed in a number of roads in West Bridgford, close to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, which hosts England's match against Australia on August 6.

The planters were supplied by floral features firm Plantscape on behalf of Streetwise Environmental, as part of its work with Rushcliffe Borough Council to improve and maintain the appearance of the area.

They have been planted in a light pastel scheme, featuring plants such as surfinia and geraniums, and there are 100 planters in total, all of which are designed to reduce the need for frequent watering and are now in place outside businesses, homes and parks in Central Avenue, Gordon Road and West Park.

Streetwise Environmental was launched as a social enterprise in September 2014 but was formerly the Neighbourhood Services department of Rushcliffe Borough Council. It still works on behalf of the council but also serves clients elsewhere in Nottinghamshire and across the border in Derbyshire and Leicestershire working with both public and private clients.

Part of the organisation's remit is to provide educational and employment opportunities for schools and unemployed young people and its order with Plantscape also included the supply of 860 geraniums, which Streetwise planted in nearby Bridgford Park as part of a community project with the help of a group of local students.

Robert Alderton, Streetwise's general manager, said: "We are very happy with the planters and the service that we have received from Plantscape. There are many more planters in place than in years gone by, including some outside businesses that have never had them before.

"There are are a couple outside Trent Bridge cricket ground and we have had them installed for about half a mile along Central Avenue, where the cricket crowds go to visit the cafes and restaurants. We have had a lot of positive comments so far; the flowers are really adding to the ambience of the area and are making it more colourful."

Mark Stone, managing director of Plantscape, which is also maintaining the displays throughout the summer, said: "We are very pleased to be working with Streetwise Environmental and adding colour to West Bridgford and the areas around Trent Bridge. It is an area of Nottingham which is very popular with visitors and naturally, local residents and businesses will want to show it off to its best.

"There is no better way to do that than invest in floral displays, which, surveys show time and again, help to improve a sense of well-being for residents and foster a sense of pride in the local community."

This year Plantscape has supplied around 12,000 individual planters to councils and organisations up and down the country, including Liverpool City Council, which ordered a series of multi-tier planters to welcome Cunard's three "Queen" cruise liners for a one-off reunion in the River Mersey earlier this year.

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