This project has been prioritised under the new Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme Programme. The proposal was submitted by Cathays Ward Councillors to provide improvements to selected road end closures that could then accommodate community led environmental projects e.g. planters for flowers and plants to provide habitat for wildlife – in particular, pollinating insects. Additional benefits will be to improve pedestrian and cycle access and the reduction of fly tipping and other forms of anti-social behaviour.
What's happening now?
To finish off the environmental improvements in which we carried out works to the road ends at May Street, Flora Street and Minny Street, BT and Virgin Media have kindly agreed to allow us to decorate their ‘on-street’ equipment cabinets.
The planters constructed on each road end are intended to provide habitat for wildlife, and in particular pollinating insects. Local groups will now be involved in planting and caring for the planters, and local artist, Unity, was engaged to come up with a range of vibrant designs that followed this theme with the aim of enhancing the street scene in this part of Cathays.
In developing the project, Unity engaged with 47 pupils from Gladstone and St. Monica’s Primary schools, supporting them to produce their own pollinators’ designs. The outcome of the children’s work can be seen to the right. Please click the image to enlarge it.
We hope that you will agree with us that the children from the two schools have given Unity some fabulous, colourful and interesting images to paint.
It is anticipated that the painting of the BT and Virgin Media equipment cabinets will take place during the week commencing 12th October (weather dependent).