23rd July 2019

Pretty Petals Perk Up Paddington

The BID has worked in partnership with Continental Landscapes, Window Flowers, Community Clean,  Westminster City Council and First Mile to brighten the city streets of Paddington and help put a spring in everyone’s step this summer.

This year the BID placed:

  • 118 large pots on Pread Street, Sale Place, Norfolk Place, Norfolk Square and Spring Street.
  • 24 railing troughs and window boxes in Conduit Place.
  • 45 railing troughs along Sussex Gardens.
  • 8 railing troughs on Praed Street outside St Mary’s.
  • 19 large planters on Praed at St Mary’s clinic site.
  • 6 large planters outside the Fleming Museum.
  • 93 hanging baskets across the area.

In June, Community Clean undertook a deep cleanse of the entire length of Praed Street South side, from Edgware Road to Westbourne Terrace. After cleansing, an oil and grease repellent was used and an experimental pavement treatment that absorbs carbon emissions from the air, is also under trial.

Most of the BID streets are lined with bountiful baskets brimming with colourful petunia’s, sweet alyssum and verbena, just to name a few of the lovely flowers on show.

All 118 of the large pots were strategically placed to cover up ‘grot spots’ or ‘dead space’ between shop fronts. Special attention was given to St. Mary’s Hospital and the railings outside it to brighten the area and deter people from throwing rubbish over the railings.

The entrance to the much-loved Fleming Museum was also given a boost attracting people to one of Paddington’s cultural hidden gems.

The railings down Sussex Gardens were lined with 45 Flower boxes, complementing some of the gorgeous flower displays that individual hotels had gone to great efforts to put together.

On Tuesday 9 July, the BID was judged in the London in Bloom Competition and we are hopeful the results will be reflective the hard work and efforts made by the BID. Results will be announced in October. Watch this space.