The facts and figures behind the borough's fabulous floral displays
20 July 2017Cheshire West and Chester Council has ensured that every part of the borough will be fabulously floral this summer, with the planting of over 112,000 bedding plants.
The Council’s StreetCare team has been busy preparing the ground at over 200 flower beds across the borough and the planting process is now complete.
The 200 beds cover a total area of approximately 11,200 square metres – almost the equivalent of three football pitches – and have been transformed into a riot of colour for the summer.
The Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment Councillor Karen Shore said: "I’m so proud of the work our StreetCare team does to bring summer colour across the whole borough.
“I'm sure residents and visitors enjoy the fabulous floral displays across west Cheshire, but maybe many don't really appreciate how much planning and hard work it involves. The StreetCare team has a tight timescale to complete the planting from the end of May, as timing is critical for a good display."
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.
All the seasonal plants used by the Team are grown from seed by a local nursery, using peat-free compost and recyclable packaging in environmentally-friendly glass houses. Particular varieties are chosen to minimise the need for watering in the hot summer months.
The planting phase, working to colour-co-ordinated layouts, uses around 30 varieties of plants and takes four to six weeks. The 112,000 bedding plants are planted across the borough, including 3,560 plants for 178 hanging and barrier baskets in 25 different locations.
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 – www.westcheshireyourstreets.co.uk. 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.
Colourful display in Ellesmere Port
Grosvenor Park beds
Mark planting at a roundabout in Winsford