Our Area 1 Committee councillors have managed to get some money to re-vamp the High Street flower beds, some of which are looking a bit sad. The beds outside the Allied Irish Bank and Peter the greengocer’s are to be topped up and have some extra shrubs put in. The one outside Ali’s Wanstead Pharmacy is to be totally re-done.
The lovely Silver Birch will stay there but the evergreen shrubs will come out to be replaced by a glorious Cotinus. Rich red/purple with a surrounding of low growing evergreen silver/green Euonymus on the outside edges (which tend to get the most wear). This is something by way of an experiment. If the shrubs take and survive, then some of the other beds may be replanted with a richer selection of shrubs. Watch these spaces!