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Ludlow council looks to change planting schemes in town
A NEW way to keep Ludlow floral and fragrant is being pioneered.
In a bid to save money and be more sustainable the way in which flowers are planted around the town is to change.
Ludlow Town Council is to change to a non-traditional planting scheme that has been tried by large authorities including Birmingham City Council and Leeds City Council.
In 2012 the council spent £3,710 on plants but the new approach is intended to cut the cost in the long term both of blooms and maintenance.
The new methodology will largely remove the need to replace plants annually or bi-annually.
This involves replacing traditional bedding plants with shrubs, small trees, evergreens, hardly annuals and perennials.
A further saving is envisaged because it is anticipated that after a period of between three and five years once the perennials have become established they can be divided providing new plants.
Town Councillor Colin Sheward had some reservations about the approach.
“I am not sure if this will be as economically viable as is claimed,” he said.
But Vivienne Parry, chair of Ludlow in Bloom believes it is an approach that is worth trying.
“We ought to give this a chance and do something that is different,” Vivienne Parry said.
Ludlow Town Council has agreed to the new planting regime but it will be phased in over the next four years.
The first phase to be introduced will be the St John’s flower bed next year with traditional bedding plants used on other plots in the town.
If this is successful the second phase will be Old Street and Lower Broad Street with the Castle Gardens completing the change.
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