A member of the public has expressed to the Bromley Times concerns about the planting of Ricinus communis planting (see above), which they considered is poisonous. in Library Gardens.
Idverde, in partnership with the Council, have used this plant as a bedding plant for many years as indeed many organisations do across the country, including the RHS as we understand it. Councillor Smith’s quote below, to the Bromley Times, outlines more about how this plant is used in a Bromley context.
Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment said, “This plant has been used in Bromley for many years and is used extensively as a decorative plant in many areas across the country, with the plant removed at the end of the season when the particular display is finished which is entirely normal and safe practice. If left in situ, in common with many other bedding plants, they could grow to a substantial size, which would make it unsuitable as a bedding plant but it could also be at that stage that the plant may produce seed and this is when there may be associated risk, long after the plant has been removed as a bedding plant.”
Please note details of public consultation event, over next few days, on proposed building development and its impacts on Library Gardens (aka Church House Gardens). Your chance to have your say!
We have very recently discovered Bromley council’s intention to sell off, on a 250 year lease, parts of Library Gardens (aka Church House Gardens) to Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd. as part of their intention to build multi-storied buildings on adjacent Site G, Phase 1.This intention to sell was issued 20th June, before public consultations on Site G, Phase 1 has even started! We feel that any such proposal, if still relevant, should only be issued after the full public consultation process has taken place, if this process is to be really meaningful, and not just a ‘tick box’ exercise.
We request your urgent support. Please submit your objections to the council’s Notice of Intention to Dispose of Open Space, in writing to the following address –
David Mark Brown Director of Corporate Services, Civic Centre, Stockewell Close, Bromley BR1 3UH.
The deadline for such objections is 12th July.
We consider objections should be made on the following grounds.
- Notice of Intention to sell is premature and would prejudice the outcome of the upcoming public consultation.
- Loss of Public Open Space.
- Loss of Open Green Space.
- Loss of Urban Open Space.
- Enables development likely to be harmful to the appearance of the Conservation Area.
- Threat of loss of mature Cedar tree (next to closed toilet block) shown in proposed development area.
More information on our campaign for this park can be found on our Library Gardens campaign page,