Reader's Letter: Wilmslow in bloom no more

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The local council has for several years spent our money on supporting Wilmslow in Bloom and though much more tree landscaping potential has been ignored, some efforts have been okay - like the flower planters around the town centre and the eye-catching landscaped roundabout at the junction of Manchester Road, the A34 access road under the rail viaduct and the Memorial green space opposite.

Until mid October, this had beautiful yellow flowering plants and exotic grasses that have now been tastelessly cut back (see picture) when they could have given people a few more weeks of autumn pleasure. The same goes for the planter boxes.

When I challenged the council about this last year they said their contractor had to get on with its removal schedule. So their bureaucratic schedule takes presidence over our enjoyment of the autumn landscape. Wilmslow has some beautiful tree landscapes but the centre could do more.

Some people see trees as a nuisance but they provide multiple benefits for people, the environment and wildlife. They help filter polluted air and soften the built landscape, adding property value to areas. They provide a sense of long-term stability and a living link between the past, the present and the future. See www.treecouncil.org.uk.

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Pete Taylor
Friday 25th October 2019 at 9:44 am
In addition to the work of the Tree Council (did you know that Cheshire East has NO Tree Wardens?) here is a fabulous initiative just over the border in Greater Manchester:

http://cityoftrees.org.uk/

Surely "leafy" Cheshire east should be a leader in such circles, rather than granting more and more Planning Consents for un-needed empty offices?
Adam Bower
Saturday 26th October 2019 at 10:24 pm
Is this not just a statement of fact?
Sheila Hallas
Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 5:01 pm
Yes, the planters are always beautiful. The contractor works hard to grow, nurture and keep them watered all through the summer.
It is always difficult to replace plants when they are still looking good.
But, you have to replant with winter pansies etc, while the soil is warm.
Otherwise the new plants may not survive frosts and bad weather, if they are not well established.
I agree re the go ahead Cheshire East gives to yet more unnecessary offices.
What is going to become of the Royal London offices? Plenty of office space there.

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