The dropping and non-segregation of litter on the streets of the UK continues to be an expensive problem for many councils. John Read, the founder of Clean Up Britain recently highlighted the problem of cash-strapped councils being forced to waste millions on clearing up litter. He said, “Councils are currently spending £800 million a year on clearing up litter, including £200, 000 spent by Warwick District Council, which is an obscene amount of wasted money when most councils are semi-bankrupt.”
Whether they’re in a garden, a self-watering planter on the high street or on a table indoors, plants and flowers have the power to lift our mood and make us feel happier. However, as every keen gardener and Britain in Bloom volunteer knows, the ability of flora and fauna to enhance our lives goes far beyond providing an attractive backdrop to our day to day activities.
Not all the autumn leaves have fallen from the trees yet, which means there’s still time to plant bulbs for a welcome display of colour when spring arrives. Most bulbs are suitable for planting in containers and a bit of planning now will pay big dividends when it comes to cheering up your surroundings when the first signs of spring appear next year.