'We therefore petition the Lords and Commons to debate the Thames' future as a great amenity for a great city’. The Port of London Authority should become the Thames Landscape Authority or Agency, with wider responsibilities for recreation, amenity, biodiversity and landscape development. The tidal reach of the River Thames is more than a port: it is a habitat for humans, fauna and flora, requiring expertise in urban design, environmental design and landscape architecture. The barge could launch a River Thames Flower Boat Festival – a watery cousin for the Pasadena Rose Parade. The flower barge is a symbol both of the river's degredation and of its future regeneration. It should be accompanied by an annual River Thames Flower Boat Procession.
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Starting with an Easter bulb festival, the Thames could have several flower boat pageants in a year. Flower boats could be sail as a procession or flowers grown in crates could be arranged on the boats which are often parked on the river.
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A flowering galleon at Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade
A Parterre Flower Boat on the River Thames
A flower boat to stirr Sir Walter Raleigh's heart
A flowering boat with bedding in Kilkenny
The Port of London Authority has spent 10 years trying to get rid of the beautiful garden houseboats at Downings Moorings near Tower Bridge