The gateway to High Town should look a little more attractive today, after Friends of High Town members took part in some ‘Guerrilla Gardening’ at the weekend. Well, not strictly ‘guerrilla’, as we had Luton Borough Council permission to tidy and clean up the shrubbery at the junction of High Town Road and Midland Road.
The triangle of council-owned land was looking pretty messy, which didn’t create a great impression for anyone making their way between Luton Station and the town centre. The council has less and less money to regularly maintain areas such as this, so – led by local environmental group Transition Luton – we weeded and cleared litter. By the end of a couple of hours on Saturday morning, we’d filled a bin bag full of rubbish, and stuffed a one-tonne bulk bag with weeds, twigs and leaves.
Lighting up High Town
As a finishing touch, we wrapped the only tree on that bit of land in solar-powered lights, which should provide a twinkly welcome to High Town in the evening. It joins the tree at the corner of High Town Road and Burr Street, which got the same treatment a while ago.
There’s already some lavender in the bed and, with the help of Transition Luton, we may well add to that with some herbs and bee-friendly plants.
In the meantime, you can keep the shrub bed looking good…
- By cleaning up any litter that you see there
- By reporting major problems, such as vandalism or flytipping, to the council
- By joining future working parties (keep an eye on FoHT’s social media for dates)
And more generally…
- We’ve got a Clean-up Day planned for High Town – we’ll keep you posted
- You can always report flytipping and litter to the council directly, or use a website/app, such as FixMyStreet