We all feel better when we see greenery and flowers and our high roads are dull and dreary without them. We would like to provide boxes and railing planters along our high road - we lack green space and public areas - to make the area more inviting and to provide joy to passers-by. Our experience has also shown that flowers improve footfall and thus turnover for our retailers and also encourage our retailers to participate and plant their own boxes and flowers.
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Why it's a great idea:
We live and work locally in a built up area within North London. We have a typical long high road (over one and half miles) of small independent shops with no public space or green area. We have already planted 20 trees along the road and have put planters outside one Tube station (we have two) and everyone comments on how they raise their spirits to see them. It has also provided increased turnover for the cafe situated by the station, who has also planted his own tubs as he didn't want to be out done. In fact new cafes are also planting as they realise that increases footfall.
However, we cannot rely just on the retailers as many are struggling and we have a large proportion of empty premises too. We find that cleaning up and improving the general environment encourages less anti-social behaviour such as litter and tagging. Flower planting is one major element in this environmental improvement.
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