Extra community flower power in south Leeds to keep on growing

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Self-watering planters are set to give south Leeds an autumnal gift that keeps on giving.

The innovative scheme has been put together by Yorkshire-based Instaplanta, ward councillors and the Belle Isle and Middleton in Bloom group, and is hoped to brighten up spaces in inner south Leeds.

The planters have been placed in streets in Middleton and Belle Isle for free and have been sponsored by local businesses and organisations.

Coun Kim Groves (Lab, Middleton Park) praised the scheme for improving the look of the area without proving costly to the taxpayer.

She said: “In these difficult financial times it is always good to find a way to continue to make improvements to areas while at the same time saving money and supporting local businesses, this really is a fantastic scheme.”

Coun Groves added that the planters have given the area a significant floral boost while promoting both a positive environmental message and civic enterprise.

Among the local businesses to back the scheme are South Leeds & Hunslet Cars.

Richard Holt, from the firm, said: “This is an excellent mutually beneficial partnership that we are thrilled to be a part of.”

Instaplanta, which is based in Hull, claims it offers planters to improve the visual appearance of areas, improve education or boost people’s wellbeing.

Malcolm Simpson, managing director at Instaplanta, said: “Being a local lad it gives me immense satisfaction to be able to provide this service to the Belle Isle and Middleton communities.

“The additional partnerships with the local business sector that our free planter scheme brings has naturally complimented the hard work that the Belle Isle and Middleton in Bloom Group carry out to improve the environment and further promote community cohesion.”