Jul 05 2011

Harrow ‘Adopt a Bed’ scheme

Possibly not quite as exciting as it sounds, but having reported recently on the ‘Adopt a Roundabout’ scheme that Harrow is progressing, it’s probably timely to remind people of the Adopt a Flower bed scheme.

The Adopt A Bed scheme has been established to encourage individuals, community groups or businesses to take on the maintenance of a flower bed in their local area. It’s completely free to adopt a bed and Harrow Council will  provide you with the flowers and shrubs, as well as put up a plaque with your name or organisation to show your support.

Adopting a flower bed or planter is a great way to create a sense of community pride and we all know that a cared for environment reduces crime and anti social behaviour. Furthermore medical research shows that gardening has a very positive effect on your physical and mental well being. If you’re in a business, it could create a very good team building opportunity for your organisation.

“Flowers and plants play an important part in enhancing our urban environment.” – Harrow website

You can choose a particular flower bed you would like to adopt or the Council can help you decide upon a suitable bed. All they ask is that you agree to adopt the bed for at least a year and undertake the maintenance, which is also likely to involve litter picking and weeding. They will support you by providing information about the plants and how to care for them.

If you’d like to know more, get in touch with Harrow Council by completing the online form, here.

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