Revamp for London Road's garden oasis

Posted On 22 Mar 2010 at 10:52 am

A quaint square opposite St Peter’s Church has been given a facelift with new plants and benches.

Pelham Square was redesigned approximately 25 years ago, but the planting had become tired and uninteresting.

Now the council’s Cityparks have completely cleared out all the old shrubs, and replanted with an interesting mix which should withstand the dry shady conditions.

Jackie Fuller, from the Friends of Pelham Square, said: “The square is an oasis in the middle of this built up area and the Friends have been very pleased to work with the council on the new planting scheme. It is now a garden which residents and visitors can enjoy, and of which the city can be proud.”

The Friends have worked with the council on choosing new plants for the square and some new seats have been put in and dedicated to memory of former residents.

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, cabinet member for environment, added: “There will be interest all year round provided by hellebores and ‘elephant’s ears’ in the winter, spring bulbs and a huge array of grasses, shrubs and herbaceous perennials.”

The Friends group has been running for about five years, made up of residents of the square and people living in vicinity.

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