Blooming in Prestbury

 

As the summer gets underway, residents and visitors can now see pockets of Cheltenham burst into life with bright, new, contemporary style planting.

Prestbury Road roundabout is one of a number of areas that has been chosen to trial this new style of planting, bringing a wider variety and fresh perspective to the town environment.

Around the borough, Naunton Park Rose Gardens, Jenner Gardens and Skillicorne gardens have all seen a move away from traditional Victorian style bedding. These gardens now boast stunning displays of long lasting perennial plants which come back into bloom every year with different hues and textures, different heights and structure.

Adam Reynolds, green space manager said: “Our new style planting looks simply stunning right now. Not to be confused with urban meadow planting which sees flushes of colour during the summer, the cottage garden style or perennial planting sees year-round interest and colour without the need for watering, feeding or deadheading.

“This style of planting is also beneficial to pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies, as opposed to traditional bedding plants, which are not.”

Cllr Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment, continues: “Cheltenham Borough Council keeps working to create spaces where people can be inspired and thrive. This new sustainable planting has not only place and economic benefits but it also enhances the variety of planting in our parks and green spaces, helps the wildlife, protects our environment and helps to reduce negative impacts on it.”