Prickly shrubs used to protect parks in Stockport

Prickly shrubs are being planted to deter crime and antisocial behaviour in Stockport.

The Green Security project was launched in Woodford, at one of the first 15 locations.

A barrier of mixed native plants has been created along a temporary fence at the pavilion in Woodford Recreation Ground to prevent graffiti, bottle smashing, attempted arson and other anti-social behaviour.

According to Stockport Council, using shrubs for "defensive planting" makes boundary walls and fences more secure.

The shrubs prevent people from climbing over walls and fences into residents' properties, and also protect structures from being daubed with graffiti.

Other project locations are allotments, parks and streets throughout the borough.

Stockport Primary Care Trust (PCT) provided the Safer Stockport Partnership - which comprises Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Greater Manchester Police, Stockport PCT and other organisations - with £10,000 to help set up the project.


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