Landscaping: Don’t bother if not maintaining
Look at those shiny renders. A big new multi-million pound scheme is to be finished with some lovely landscaping and greenery. This will look amazing.
Fast forward two years; a few sorry weeds lie half-trodden among a sea of litter.
Yep, regeneration in action in many places.
I’ve seen it a few times particularity in the last week which inspired this post. Last week in Stratford I was on the High Street looking at the area seven years after the Olympics. It was a bit of a mess:
Later in the week in Abbey Wood I passed the 2015 Sainsbury’s, which was looking very scruffy:
I’ve covered similar issues in Woolwich when they tried landscaping there. As a mile of similar landscaping was being removed just to the east on the road from Plumstead to Woolwich this went in – and lasted about a year:
No one maintained it:
So out the window it went. A few grand wasted. But if at first you don’t succeed, just keep on failing.
More of this is planned on Harrow Manorway in Abbey Wood and Thamesmead. It will likely look a mess within weeks.
The site is an odd one. The borough boundary between Bexley and Greenwich runs right down the middle. Greenwich have maintained the entire street since the 1970s – yet current work is being carried out by Bexley. Who will maintain it after is an unknown.
The roundabout put in place three years ago was already looking pretty scruffy.
And this gets us onto Greenwich’s pocket parks schemes. There’s lots to like – yet many comments on consultations are wary as to whether they’ll ever be properly maintained.
Probably not if other areas and the local area are a guide. These tiny areas – which are mostly dead or full of weeds after being ignored – are not going to be great habitat spots.
As I covered this past weekend, plant boxes (now doubling as bins) are common around the area:
If iareas won’t be maintained, then you may as well cut to the chase and not bother with landscaped greenery in certain areas. Would it be better to use hardstanding materials or grass which can easily be maintained? It’d save the inevitable high cost to alter them in a couple of years.