When the area looks attractive it encourages visitors and people to spend more time here. More greenery also increases biodiversity in urban areas, improves air quality and helps alleviate the impact of climate change.
Our street planters are made from recycled fruit juice barrels, and incorporate public seating. We have 96 which we maintain around the BID area. The planters have been introduced as an attractive and more environmentally sustainable way of greening the area. They are planted out with plants such as buddleia, daisy, honeysuckle and ivy. This financial year, we will be clustering the planters into larger groups, and using the barrels as a way-finding tool. The barrels will be getting re-painted very soon, with wayfinding being stencilled on to them.
We currently have two pocket parks: Leake Street and Secker Street. The pocket parks aim to ameliorate an area, attracting people to spend more time there. The pocket park on Secker Street also highlights the Greenways project and has aided in the promotion of Cornwall road as a clean-air walking route. In addition, there are 3 semi-circular planted beds in Baylis Road.
Launched in May, this bi-monthly lunchtime gardening club allows local people to grow their gardening skills and learn how to plant anything from chillies to tomatoes. We encourage anyone from large offices to anyone who lives, works and studies in Waterloo to join in. These FREE sessions are offered in collaboration with Meanwhile Club, and are a new approach to making the most out of your lunch hour. Read all about it here. For more information on getting involved, please contact Lina.