Prickly shrubs are being planted to deter crime and antisocial behaviour in north-west England, reports Horticulture Week.
The Green Security project was launched in Woodford, Stockport, and will eventually be expanded to 14 other locations.
A barrier of mixed native plants has been created along a temporary fence at the pavilion in Woodford Recreation Ground to prevent graffiti, bottle smashing, attempted arson and other anti-social behaviour.
According to Stockport Council, using shrubs for “defensive planting” makes boundary walls and fences more secure.
The shrubs prevent people from climbing over walls and fences into residents’ properties, and also protect structures from being daubed with graffiti.
Other project locations include allotments, parks and streets throughout the borough.
Source: Horticulture Week