The flats on Downham all had great fronts wth colourful bushes which the council tended . No privets to push the girls over but happily lots of bushes. Those Brenda mentions (not poisonous???) were a bit acrid and when crushed in a jam jar would put insects to sleep PERMANENTLY .
Dickie, you are a gem! Yes, the flats had wonderful shrubberies in front of them, I loved them. I am delighted that you remember the vinegar leaves. Indeed, some were more acrid than others - if I remember rightly, it depended on the depth of colour. Having discovered they were yesteryears equivalent of fly spray, I am wondering what they might have done to my nervous system! Well, well, well.