Sustainable planting to take root

Merton Council’s relentless drive to improve the environment will continue this summer with the introduction of sustainable planting in several parks and open spaces. Sustainable plants require less pesticides, water and maintenance.

Following a consultation with local friends groups, it was recognised that a mix of traditional bedding and sustainable planting is the most appropriate way forward.

The obvious advantages associated with sustainable planting are the lack of water they require in comparison with conventional plants, and the perennial properties they possess.

Councillor Tariq Ahmad, cabinet member for Environment and Traffic Management said:

“I would like say thank you to the various friends groups for taking part in the consultation and offering such helpful feedback.

“We now experience long hot summers, so it is incumbent upon us to introduce methods that will preserve water supplies. Sustainable planting also saves us from having to plant in the winter months, which is another excellent benefit.”

Merton Council will now continue their work in partnership with the respective friends groups to discuss and implement alternative planting arrangements for summer 2007.