Council to make flower beds smaller to save cash

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ATTRACTIVE flower beds cared for by Lewes District Council will be made smaller across Seahaven and in Lewes to cut costs.

Areas expected to be targeted include flower beds at the Fort Road Recreation Ground in Newhaven, Seaford Cemetery in Alfriston Road and Station Approach in Seaford.

The council stressed the flower beds would not be removed completely, but would be reduced in size.

A council spokesperson said: “This summer the parks department will be reducing the cost of keeping the district in bloom without losing any of the colourful impact.

“Many of the beds have become larger and larger as they are edged each year.

“While none will be removed completely, work will take place to reduce some of the beds in size.

“This will significantly reduce the number of bedding plants that have to be grown and purchased.”

At present, the council uses an incredible 120,000 bedding plants and 52,000 spring bulbs each year.

Council parks manager Andy Frost explained: “The reduction of the bedding will allow us to make significant cost reductions whilst not reducing the overall effect of the displays, which are always very popular with the public.”

In order to prepare the flower beds for the summer bedding this year, it will be necessary to partially remove some of the spring bedding early; despite them being in flower.

This will allow the beds to be turfed and for the grass to establish itself.

Southover Grange Gardens in Lewes will also see its eye catching flower beds reduced in size by Lewes District Council too.

The move to cut back on attractive flower beds by the council may prove unpopular with some residents and has already prompted alarmed phone calls to the Sussex Express.