Planting project on Tower Street

24th September 2018

As part of its #itsmystreet initiative, Ipswich Central have employed the services of Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, to help brighten some of the empty, or unloved flower beds within the town centre with work commencing on Monday 24th September.


Michael has worked in the horticultural industry, locally and globally, for more than 18 years developing new plants and plant concepts whilst carving his own path in the world of media through QVC, ITV’s This Morning and Radio Suffolk as well as a quite considerable social media following as @mr_plantgeek.


He said “with Ipswich being my home town, it’s an honour to be using my expertise to develop some distinctive green areas in the town. The planting design has been designed around the theme ‘living graffiti’, with plenty of golden and purple leaved plants, different textures, colours and generally a really lively and fun collection of eye-catching plants, some of which are brand new to cultivation in Europe”.


The first area to be dug over and replanted is the empty beds behind the Ipswich & Suffolk Club on Tower Street. Ipswich-based community group ActivLives will work alongside Michael and Ipswich Central to ensure the plants are given the best chance to survive and thrive over future years.


Ipswich BID Manager Sophie Alexander said “whilst we often focus on reporting litter and graffiti with #itsmystreet, we also like to create partnerships to transform places. We were delighted when Michael matched our enthusiasm for this project and are looking forward to seeing some of the tired flower beds becoming focal points of the town centre”.


Robert Coppin from The Ipswich & Suffolk Club said “Tower Street is a major entrance into Ipswich Town centre from Ramparts bus station. The planting is important to give a setting for the Ipswich and Suffolk Club and showcase to visitors that Ipswich cares for open areas. There can be nothing greater than to look upon the Ipswich & Suffolk Club and our civic church whilst the bells are ringing, surrounded by a beautiful planted area”.