Flower Power in Arthur Road
I dont think there is any question that the flower boxes in Arthur Road have been a resounding success. Since their installation in June last year they have added a wonderfully bright and cheerful element to the street scene.
The original planting of the boxes was financed by the WPRA, some contributions from local shops and set up by two committee members, Michael Moore and Cecile Bridgens. The key to the success of any project like this is the ongoing commitment to maintenance. That is where we must say a big thank you to both Michael Moore and Cecile Bridgens but particularly to Michael who has done a magnificent job of maintaining them on an almost daily basis. I am sure many of you will have seen him there in the mornings tending to the plants. Without this care and attention the display would never look as good as it does.
The planting this year has been a great success with the eye catching vivid colours offered by a mix of Marigolds, Geraniums, Nasturtiums and Felicias. We did suffer a bit of vandalism earlier in the year when a couple of boxes were ripped off the railings and contents scattered. But that has been the only incident.
I was reminded recently, that it was about 12 years ago, that Cecile and David
Lofthouse from the Council organised the planting of Canadian Amelanchiers along
the street. They have certainly made a big difference.
We are extremely fortunate to have such enthusiastic and community minded people
like Michael and Cecile who help to make Wimbledon Park just that little bit more
special for all of us.
(If you have area near you that could benefit from some flower boxes, the WPRA is
willing to cover the cost of establishing them, provided someone locally will maintain