A procession of bycles with overflowing baskets of flowers and foliage rode through Brighton to deliver plants and trees to their new green areas in the Tarner area on Sunday 18th May, led by a cycling clown and Brighton mum Emma Berry, who came up with the idea. Part of the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show Fringe, the convoy of bikes with baskets and trailers pedalled to Kingswood and Milner flats where the residents were ready, armed with trowels, to start the planting around the area.
Tommy Tickle, Chair of the Kingswood & Milner Tenants and Residents Association said:
“This is just the start of a huge project to improve the outdoor areas around our buildings, which are very grim at the moment and local residents are enthusiastic about making positive changes. We’ve been working hard to bring together partners and funders to support a two-year programme of planting, cleaning, painting and installing of equipment so that the outdoor areas here are a nice place for local residents to garden and sit out and for children to play safely and enjoy.”
Partners who are contributing to the project include the Tenants Association and Puffins nursery, Groundwork South, Brighton & Hove City Council and Cathedral Group and McLaren.
Planters will be delivered next week by Brighton & Hove City Council and one of the first major projects will be installing a new play area in Nelson Row. Work will also be done to plant and beautify Carlton Row and finally John Street will be landscaped.
More events will be organised so look out for details. You'll be able get involved, meet your neighbours and get your hands muddy!