Ilkeston - Beds'n'Baskets
w/e 14 August 2011
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
I've always thought judging the "In Bloom"
competitions comes a little too early in the season to see the
full effects of the planting even though it did result in a Green
Flag Award for Victoria Park this year.
To keep the park looking pristine though keeps someone busy throughout
the year and although I could probably have filled this page
with images from Victoria Park I decided instead to see some
of the other public displays at various locations in the town
that are maintained by the council workers.
To see the flower beds in the first image on this page at their
best means walking into the centre of the park but other beds
like this one at the Manners Road/Bristol Road entrance can be
seen by anyone passing by.
Many beds are sponsored by local businesses such as this one
on Oakwell Drive near to the entrance to the recreation ground.
Also on Oakwell Drive at its junction with Derby Road three planters
outside the Community Fire Station are appropriately filled with
fiery red flowers.
But the bed at the junction of Cavendish Road and Lower Stanton
Road has an entirely different but nonetheless attractive colour
scheme and is complemented by the flowers in the gardens of the
A similar colour scheme is replicated in the traffic island on
Chalons Way at the Station Road junction.
At the southern end of Chalons Way the largest roundabout in
the town actually has five circular beds as well as a number
of trees incorporated into its design but is notoriously difficult
to photograph from ground level due to its size and the volume
of passing traffic. These three images show the views towards
Park Road (top right), towards Chalons Way (bottom right) and
from the top of Nottingham Road (left) the latter image also
showing one of the hanging baskets in this area.
The beds on either side of the War Memorial on the Market Place
both carry a red and yellow theme and more hanging baskets can
be seen across the Market Place in front of the Town Hall.
This is a closer view of the hanging baskets on the Market Place
which have been erected on new poles following health and safety
concerns in recent years when they were previously attached to
The red theme of the War Memorial and the Fire Station is also
carried forward to our last location outside the Erewash Museum.
All of the beds and baskets shown on this page are in public
areas but there are also many places in the town where private
gardens supplement the displays with colourful flowers. It's