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Lewes Road central reservation, Brighton, United Kingdom 
Friday 18 Jun 2010
 
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27/06/10 Sharon, Brighton
I drive past here every day and think they flowers look stunning. Well done to whoever was involved, you have brightened up a part of Brighton. Love it.
23/06/10 john eastwood, streat
It looks absolutely beautiful but they really are not wild flowers.
22/06/10 V.Green, Ramsgate
What a brilliant, simple and inexpensive idea!!
22/06/10 Amanda Talent, Brighton
This looks brilliant!
This should be done country wide, I'd be a lot happier when stuck in the jam on the M25 if I could look at natures beauty instead of man made ugly horror.
Roundabouts would look fantastic with the same sowing, supporting there own renewing little eco system in amongst all the fumes.
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22/06/10 Iva, Sydney
Wonderful to see. Would be good to see on sides of roadway to encourage
guide persons to pedestrian crossings.
The centre island use may entice person to pick flowers thus the centre
island on it's own is not ideal answer for safety reasons.
We need to think for the human weakness & those younger ones in our society that may decide to be romantic or vandals.
The wonderful flowers are a temptation, perhaps because people miss the exciting colours of nature no longer present in most parks etc.
It is the right approach however we need to ensure it helps safety as well.
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Editorial

Brighton roadsides get beautiful budget meadow-makeover with bucket of seed 

A central reservation in the seaside city of Brighton has seen something of a makeover of late, as Brighton and Hove Council attempt to bring a bit of colour to the area with a two-mile long strip of meadowland. Last year the council spread half a bucket of wildflower seeds over the reservation, including poppies, yellow ox-eye, marigolds, cornflowers, garden yarrow and greater knapweed, which have certainly spruced up the existing urban development. In a time when belts are tightening and budgets are cut, it’s heartening to see that something as cheap as a bucket of seed can make such a difference to an urban community.

It is not only local residents that are enjoying these floral beauties however. A whole host of wildlife has been attracted to the area, forming a new mini-ecosystem in the centre of the road. Blackbirds, house martins, starlings, swallows, bees and butterflies are just some of the canny creatures now calling the colourful creation home. An additional part of the scheme has seen 60 white cherry trees and 450,000 crocus, grape hyacinth and other spring bulbs spring into action over the past few months, in addition to vibrant mixed flower borders along North Victoria Gardens.

Council leader Mary Mears said: "We hope residents and visitors will enjoy these new splashes of colour. The new flower borders in North Victoria Gardens will help to create a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city and the planting along the Lewes Road will make a colourful sight for people living and working in the area and using the route into the city. In summer we hope the central reservation of the road will be a carpet of wildflowers."

Sian Disson
Editorial Assistant

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