New figures show most London boroughs have cut bedding by up to 90 per cent over the past decade, citing sustainability and costs as reasons (HW, 30 April). But Islington has maintained its bedding.
Community landscape manager Mark Rowe explained that the north London borough was keeping its bedding because of a high level of public demand.
The council has its own nursery, growing 40,000 bedding plants a year. Rowe said the borough's gardeners grow bedding peat-free and use bowsers to transport water from London's high water table.
He added: "For us, bedding is a priority compared to some London boroughs. It's something valued by the residents."
Islington has introduced seasonal beds on highway edges and barrier and hanging baskets, supplied by CJS Plants and Amberol.
Rowe said anecdotal evidence showed bedding displays were good for residents' mental health. The Edible Islington scheme has brought grow your own to the borough's housing estates, while schools have got involved in Islington's Britain in Bloom bid.
Islington is representing London in the city category in Britain in Bloom. Judging is on 16 July for London in Bloom and in early August for Britain in Bloom.