Plants could be sold to raise funds

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

About 10 days ago I emailed two Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil de­part­ments, ask­ing what hap­pens with the plants from the flo­ral dis­plays through­out the town cen­tre.

I can­not knock the flo­ral dis­plays that the lo­cal pop­u­lus en­joys through­out the course of the year. In gen­eral they are quite eye catch­ing.

The ques­tion I was ask­ing is what hap­pens when the flower beds in places like the Me­mo­rial Gardens are re­con­fig­ured?

Un­for­tu­nately be­ing a res­i­dent and also be­ing an avid gar­dener, I wit­ness the con­tents of the planters through­out the town be­ing changed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

I know most of the plants/bulbs not only don’t grow overnight. but do not match what has gone the pre­vi­ous year. I would love to think that what’s pulled out is not just mulched down, al­though I do be­lieve this to be the case.

I would hap­pily re­house a lot of these plants in my back gar­den. I am yet to re­ceive an an­swer though. Take one of the planters in town at the mo­ment.

If you sourced those tulips from a pound shop, the tulips alone would cost £80 pounds to start with.

Might I sug­gest, when the changeover of plants oc­curs, that the coun­cil has an of­fi­cial stall in the mar­ket to sell them on.

At least then they would re­coup some of the ex­pen­di­ture. Oth­er­wise, a good per­cent­age of the pop­u­la­tion of Ash­ford would oth­er­wise not be happy with the money that is be­ing spent on these spec­ta­cles.

It’s a good ef­fort, but some­what wasted. Mean­while I see the bro­ken rub­bish bin in Bank Street and the miss­ing one in El­wick Road have been re­placed, and the area is look­ing a lot bet­ter.

I like the fact the coun­cil ap­pears to be lis­ten­ing on that one. Just a pity it took six months for it to hap­pen. Adrian Cussens, Ash­ford

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