As part of our pledge to improve Derby’s street scene and living environment planting has started across areas of the city.

Around 23,000 new plants have been bedded in locations including Pride Park, Alvaston, Mackworth, Spondon and the Cathedral Quarter.

The Council recognises that having great surroundings in which to live, work and play is very important to our citizens.

We will be launching a Neighbourhood Charter over the summer so that citizens know what standards to expect, and are investing £1.6m to spruce up Derby’s streets and green spaces.

The Council’s Grounds Maintenance team have chosen begonia plants which are mix of colour and can grow to up to 9 inches tall. The begonia plants will help to create an eye-catching look with their large mop heads and broad leaves which will help supress weed growth.

Our Grounds Maintenance team have planted approximately 40 plants per square metre as opposed to the normal 30 plants to maximise the floral impact for the city.

In the city centre, 40 hanging baskets will be installed around the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Street will have 34 Baskets funded by city centre bids.

Also 16 barrier baskets will be placed in Mackworth and Alvaston where it can be difficult to locate gateway bedding areas so baskets mounted to pedestrian barriers have been chosen.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, said:

I am delighted planting work has started as part of our pledge to improve Derby’s street scene. The Grounds Maintenance team have done a fantastic job and the plants look amazing. As a Council we recognise that having great surroundings in which to live is very important to our citizens and we will deliver on our pledge.”

Chris Fraser, Area Manager for Grounds Maintenance, said:

This is a project that myself and my team are extremely passionate about. Improving the street scene and environment creates a vibrant atmosphere in the city and makes Derby a more welcoming place. It is very important for us to ensure the people of Derby feel a sense of pride for their city.”

You can find more information about our pledges on the Council website.