Wauchope goes green

WAUCHOPE is about to become a greener place, or at least High Street.

In planting mode: Tanya Newman (Bennetts Steel), Robyn Flanagan (Wauchope Travel), Rob Hamilton (Wauchope Chamber of Commerce), Alison
Robinson (Greenbourne Nursery) and Cr Lisa Intemann gathered at Greenbourne Nursery on Tuesday for a photo shoot to celebrate the project.

In planting mode: Tanya Newman (Bennetts Steel), Robyn Flanagan (Wauchope Travel), Rob Hamilton (Wauchope Chamber of Commerce), Alison Robinson (Greenbourne Nursery) and Cr Lisa Intemann gathered at Greenbourne Nursery on Tuesday for a photo shoot to celebrate the project.

While the urban town plan being drawn up by landscape architects John Mongard is still being prepared, some planter boxes that have been in the melting pot for some time are being installed in the next few days. I'm assured they will complement rather than clash with what's in the new urban plan. And, as someone pragmatically commented to me, the new planter boxes are movable anyway, so can be relocated slightly if needed down the track.

For many of us this 'greening', cannot come soon enough.

Strolling down the street with a friend who could walk only slowly the other day, I had more time than usual to look around and couldn't help but comment to her that the streetscape was not appealing. Greenery was lacking but cigarette butts and dirt were around in abundance. Yes, most of the weeds we spotted had been poisoned, but the dead remnants were still very much present.

Here's hoping that these new planter boxes help give the street the lift it needs. They may just be the forerunner of much more to come, but each small advance is a step in the right direction towards giving us the sort of town centre residents and business owners can be proud of. A big well-done to all those involved in the project.

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