Plymouth’s Waterfront getting a blooming beautiful makeover
A fresh burst of flower power will be brightening the streets of the Barbican this summer.
Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District (PWP BID) has entered into the BID category for the 2021 South West in Bloom initiative, a regional heat of the renowned Britain in Bloom competition.
A floral welcome now awaits visitors to the Barbican, with new planting along Basket Ope and Southside Street.
Diane Mansell, CEO of PWP said: “We’re brightening up the Barbican and shining a spotlight on the beauty of Plymouth’s Waterfront by entering the South West in Bloom competition. The flowers will really stand out and help to create a welcoming environment, making it a nicer place for tourists and locals to shop, eat and dine.”
A total of 19 new planters have been installed along Southside Street to replace the old ones, many of which were damaged. Standing at nearly five feet tall but with the same footprint as the previous planters, they are recycled and are filled with soil from a local recycling company.
The planters have been filled with more than 2,000 flowers: brightly multi coloured trailing petunias.
The new, taller planters will not only bring a splash of colour to the area but also aim to make it safer for everyone by discouraging parking on the pavements, which not only damages the pavements but also makes it difficult for people with disabilities or families with pushchairs to navigate the street.
Businesses on the Barbican helped to plant the flowers and will be helping to maintain them in the future alongside a weekly maintenance regime from local landscaping company, Sound Site Services.
The new planters were funded by the Reopening the High Street Safely Fund, part funded by the ERDF and HM Government.
Diane Mansell continued: “In addition to the new planters, we’ve also been working hard to tidy up the wider Waterfront area getting it ready for reopening as Covid-19 restrictions lift. This has included litter picking and repainting street furniture, including benches, all to make the area more appealing and support our businesses through reopening. This work will continue throughout the summer.”