At the start of the year I declared I'll be writing a series about public planting. Of course my taste might not be yours, so my good and bad may end up with us having a debate (I do hope so), but before we get to that part, I need to state some terms of reference.
I've found there's all sorts of opinions on what actually constitutes public planting. In its widest sense it can be anything designed for us to view, or land that's accessible to us all. If these were my terms, we'd need to consider any properties with gardens open to the public, allotments, parks, common land - practically everything that's not built on, farmed or designated as a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I just want to focus on the everyday and (usually) mundane: the areas we pass by on the way to work, the landscaping of our suburban estates, what we see when we go to the supermarket or the planters on our streets. I want to consider those plantings we don't usually visit for recreation or pleasure (or pay to see), but they still form part of the fabric of our lives. Most of these have been designed in some way, but they usually have very little in aftercare - unless there's a strong Britain in Bloom or community element involved - those merit a series of posts on their own.
Having said all that, I'm struggling with whether to include roadside verges or not. Roundabouts are definitely in, especially as some councils permit sponsorship of them these days and they often form the first impressions for our towns. So if I'm including those, why not verges too? I'm still undecided at this point, so value your opinion. In the meantime, there's plenty to say about the rest! More details from that Radstock planting and also Chippenham's roundabouts are in the pipeline already. In the meantime, you might like to have a look at the posts I wrote before I realised public planting was becoming an interest and rant of mine:
- Pruning rage! - what happened last November to the winter interest planting on the estate where I live
- An End to Chippenham's Conkers? - Leaf miner moth is in town and is tearing through some of Chippenham's most stately trees
- Happiness Is - my day trip to Weymouth last August, including an example of a typical bright seaside bedding scheme
- Are You Doing Your Bit? - a post about National Volunteer Week last June which includes a view of the simple but effective planting outside Heelis, the National Trust's HQ in Swindon
- Chelsea Roundup - a post about the Chelsea Flower show with another view of the planting outside Heelis
- Blooming Marvellous? - an example of a large street planter in Chippenham in May last year with a bit of a debate in the comments
- ABC Wednesday - G is For... the green walls of the Eco houses built in Chippenham last year
- Bunches of Daffodils - the lovely mass planting of daffodils on part of our estate last St. David's Day
- Tree Rescue - the trees I Guerrilla Gardened last February
- Snowdrop Census - Week 6 - a picture of some of my Guerrilla Gardened snowdrops
- Guerrilla Gardening - a brief introduction to my Guerrilla Gardening activities which also links to Richard Reynolds' guerrilla gardening website