Monthly Archives: October 2011

Early notice – Environmental planning meeting Wednesday 7 December

At the Beehive Pub, Prospect Hill from 7pm.

The object of the meeting is to start to create an environmental plan so that the efforts of individual residents can be maximised and that this part of Swindon continues to be a great place in which to live and work in the future.

Back Garden believes that there is potential for

  • improving the street landscape with new planting
  • community involvement in the maintenance of green spaces
  • promoting energy efficiency
  • renewable energy sources
  • transport changes
  • extra recycling schemes for example for composting and better use of food wastes
  • improving the area’s potential for wildlife
  • educational activity around green issues

Back Garden has invited environmental organisations and Swindon Borough Council to attend and help plan for a Green future.


More good news – trees!

The scheme to make the narrow roads less hospital to large vehicles included signs, additional residents parking bays at the entrance to the streets and replacing missing trees. Back Garden hopes to announce a wider ‘Greening of the Back Garden’ scheme in a few weeks, but the Council have now suggested the species to place at the bottom of Prospect Hill. There are two gaps to be filled and  the Council suggests we use the same species for both. The suggested species  are:
  • Aucuba japonica
  • Elaegnus ebbingei
  • Elaegnus pungens
  • Escallonia
  • Prunus lusitanica Variegata
  • Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia

Which tree would you like to see at the Cross Street-Prospect Hill corner? As ever please email or add a comment here. Back Garden will be organising a whip round to pay for these trees. Offers of money of any amount can be emailed immediately to:

Prunus laurocerasus

Prunus lusitanica Variegata


Elaeagnus pungens

Elaegnus ebbingei

Aucuba japonica - spotted laurel

The shape of things to come?

Markings have appeared for the new Residents’ Parking Bays. No indication yet of when the narrow street signs will be installed or the missing tree.But one small step at a time.

Markings for the installation of new residents' parking bays.