Blooming St Albans will have the wow factor, say councillors

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 06 May 2010

DECORATING the streets with flowers will give St Albans district the wow factor , district councillors agreed last week. At a St Albans cabinet meeting last Tuesday, district council portfolio holder for sport and healthy living Cllr Sheila Burton presen

DECORATING the streets with flowers will give St Albans district the "wow factor", district councillors agreed last week.

At a St Albans cabinet meeting last Tuesday, district council portfolio holder for sport and healthy living Cllr Sheila Burton presented her District in Bloom project which promotes the "greening and flowering" of the district to improve its visual appearance.

As well as introducing floral decorations such as hanging baskets onto the district's streets the project also aims to spruce up unattractive roundabouts - such as the one on the Sandpit Lane and House Lane junction - and improve the landscape design of the district's open spaces.

Cllr Burton, who said that she wanted to give the district a "softer" look, also referred to plans for new natural play areas - such as the one already underway in Porters Hill, Harpenden - which would include elements such as rocks and tree trunks in their designs.

Leader of the council Cllr Robert Donald, who set the appearance of Harpenden and Redbourn as the benchmark for St Albans city centre, said that he was excited by the project: "We do not showcase St Albans as much as we should and the District in Bloom initiative gives us the perfect opportunity to do so.


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