It's April, spring is at last beginning to show it's true colours, so what better time to return to Out on the Streets (OOTS)? I thought you'd like this picture of a bicycle cum advert I found in Oxford last month. It certainly brightened up the chaos of all the roadworks - just about evident in the background of the photo, but absolutely everywhere in the centre of the city when I was there.
This is my regular feature where I ask you to show everyone the public open spaces and planting in your neighbourhood or on your travels. With the tough winter we've had here in the UK it'll be interesting to see if you find it's had an impact in your village, town or city.
I'm anticipating that change might be a bit of a running theme throughout this year's OOTS. So much so I'm asking you to keep an eye out for it. What's new in your area this year? Is there any visible effects from the economic downtown? Perhaps your public planting is changing or being looked after in a different way as a result? Is any of your public land being sold off by your local authority in order to manage its debts or to keep costs down? Perhaps there's an increase in the use of volunteers to keep everything looking immaculate?
Here in Chippenham there's definitely some changes I'll be telling you about this month. Many of the roundabouts are sporting brand new raised beds which are in the process of being planted up, so of course I'll be showing them to you. On my estate we now have a Resident's Association who have arranged for a community litter pick on April 18th. Elsewhere I've seen both good and bad news about the impact of the credit crunch on our public spaces.
Of course your regular posts highlighting the good, the bad and the ugly are welcome too :)
I've set up Mr Linky below for you to add your OOTS posts when you're ready. As usual I'll put a link in the right hand sidebar so you can find your way back here in just a click. As things will be hotting up with arrangements for our Bloggers' get together in Malvern throughout April, I'm leaving OOTS open until that's finished. Expect a roundup post about May 10th.
In the meantime, see you soon Out on the Streets!