Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Greening the Town

 

HWBIDCo is keen to increase the green credentials of High Wycombe.

HWBIDCo oversees the planting contract for the BID Area.  Our local supplier provides both summer and winter planting for the town.  We now install hanging baskets across the town, right to the periphery, so that everyone benefits from street dressing in this way.  If you have an empty location that you want considered, please contact Gemma@hwbidco.co.uk.

HWBIDCo is building a robust strategy for Wycombe in Bloom.  In 2015 we won a Silver Award and recognises that there is plenty more that we can do, dependent on the views of partners.  As part of our future strategy, HWBIDCo has now partnered with Chiltern Rangers CIC to work on improving selected sites around the town.  The benefits of this partnership are that it brings in some much valued community ownership through the work of its Thursday gardening group that includes individuals of various backgrounds and capabilities.

Work has been completed on the flower bed in Clockhouse, Frogmoor where we have planted new trees with the District Council and under-planted with weed suppressant, herb plants and spring bulbs.  Our project in 2014 transformed the unused site at the top of Crendon Street, adjacent to the unused, listed railway sheds.  We installed a low maintenance floral lawn and raised beds at the back of the site, allowing for a green wall of flowering clematis and other varieties of climbers.  The gable-end of the building now hosts a stunning mural, painted by a local artist, and representing how the Brunel Shed may have looked in the past.  The exit to the station car park has also been planted.  We partnered with Chiltern Railways who donated 50 railway sleepers to our project.

Our next project is as a partner, rather than lead agency, working with Chiltern Rangers CIC and the Heritage Lottery to upgrade the river environment adjacent to the Swan Theatre in St Mary Street.  More information on this exciting and challenging initiative coming soon.

Wycombe District Council manages Old Library Gardens from a legacy, they also manage the Rye on the edge of town.

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