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Cricket fans seeking lunchtime refreshment during the Ashes were  greeted by a riot of colour after thousands of flowers were installed to create a series of dazzling displays in a Nottinghamshire town.
Individual planters, including barrier baskets, hanging baskets and three-tiered floor-standing planters, have been installed in a number of roads in West Bridgford, close to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, which hosts England’s match against Australia on August 6.
The planters were supplied by floral features firm Plantscape on behalf of Streetwise Environmental Ltd, as part of its work with Rushcliffe Borough Council to improve and maintain the appearance of the area.
They have been planted in a light pastel scheme, featuring plants such as surfinia and geraniums, and there are 100 planters in total, all of which are designed to reduce the need for frequent watering and are now in place outside businesses, homes and parks in Central Avenue, Gordon Road and West Park.
Mark Stone managing director of Plantscape, which is also maintaining the displays throughout the summertold The Landscaper,   “We are very pleased to be working with Streetwise Environmental Ltd and adding colour to West Bridgford and the areas around Trent Bridge. It is an area of Nottingham which is very popular with visitors and naturally, local residents and businesses will want to show it off to its best.
“There is no better way to do that than invest in floral displays, which, surveys show time and again, help to improve a sense of well-being for residents and foster a sense of pride in the local community.”
This year Plantscape has supplied around 12,000 individual planters to councils and organisations up and down the country, including Liverpool City Council, which ordered a series of multi-tier planters to welcome Cunard’s three “Queen” cruise liners for a one-off reunion in the River Mersey earlier this year.

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