The planters on Regent Street

Planters in Regent Street made from reclaimed wood, full of flowers and grasses

The temporary reclaimed wood planters were designed by our townscape urban designer, manufactured by Hand and Craft Furniture and funded by the Welcome Back Fund to support and promote the safe return to high streets and help to build back from the pandemic.

Consultations took place in March and April 2021 regarding the temporary partial closure of Regent Street to create a vibrant and safe outdoor space for people to enjoy. Having taken on board all the comments, a suitable compromise has been reached to enable us to create an attractive area where people are able to enjoy shopping and relaxing whilst still maintaining social distancing if they wish to.

Wooden planters in Regent Street full of flowers and grasses, used to contain cafe seating area along the kerbside Wooden planters on Regent Street with space betweek to allow access to the dropped kerb

The planters were positioned into a "L" shape, along Regent Street to replace red and white plastic barriers. The works were completed in late August 2021. The extended pavement area is expected to be in place until 2 February 2023 and the planters should remain at least until this date.

The perennial planting scheme is providing a local habitat, increasing target species, improving urban air quality and increasing biodiversity.

We hope you will agree that this new project represents a significant improvement to the street scene and is creating a safe and welcoming environment for visitors and customers to enjoy.

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