Give your town a beauty makeover, if your council doesn’t have the vision to do it. Beautifying a town does not require much money, often just some vison, a bit of education, permission and a few willing volunteers. Start with a litter clean-up then get to work.
Depaving is pretty big in the US (especially in Portland) where you can download a free How to Depave guide, to help you do it right. It basically involves a community of volunteers removing unused car parks and asphalt, and using the space to plant free community green spaces, whether that’s food or flowers or trees or all three.
See plants & trees to avoid near pets (avoid cocoa/pine/rubber mulch & fresh compost near pets). Use humane safe slug/snail deterrents and safer alternatives to netting for wildlife. Many plants (yew/oak trees, buttercups, foxgloves) are toxic to equines. Never place plants near windows, to stop birds flying into windows.
- Pimp Your Pavement (London and beyond) creates micro-gardens in urban areas. Turning downtrodden areas, into something more life-giving. Volunteers pretty up ‘tree pits (muddy, sandy or gravelly spaces around trees, with space to plant something nice). But avoid planting pet-toxic bulbs (tulips daffodils). See make your garden safe for pets.
- Rivers of Flowers is a non-profit social enterprise that aims to inspire and inform others to plant ‘rivers’ of wildflowers and wild flowering trees’ in urban landscapes to feed, shelter, protect and heal bees and other pollinators. They use bio-indicators to detect polluted city streets, then plant to reduce air pollution.