There must be those within B&NES who wish they had never come up with the idea of ‘greening’ the city end of London Road.
Expensive and artist-designed planters lined the fancy new pavements with other – ground-rooted – trees planted down the centre of the road – between incoming and outgoing traffic.
After suddenly acting on advice – which was several years old – about the safety aspects of planters which blocked the view of motorists coming out from side roads – the trees were threatened with total removal.
While that may not now happen, those remaining in many of the planters are currently experiencing extreme drought stress and look as though they are dying.
Taking photographs there this morning l saw that one local concerned Bathonian was asking people to help water the planters and explaining why it is so important.
He is Daniel Ely – a local arborist and tree surgeon – who has posted notices on the planters. Here’s his message in full!
I have contacted Dan for comment. He has replied to my email.
Meanwhile, l have made contact with Cllr Bob Goodman – who is the Cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods.
In a Twitter reply he said: “l’ll see what l can do today.”
Hope the community along the London Road will see what they can do too.