PACT has been working with the Vitality of Penrith (VoP) and local traders to green Penrith - see photos of the installed planters below. (Read about our separate St Andrews Churchyard renovation project.)
June 2014: Responsibility for the planters has passed to the Penrith Partnership.
At the December 2010 Community Conference, organised by the VoP, many people listed their most important community challenge as the greening of Penrith.
There is a long established Penrith in Bloom initiative whereby local traders purchase hanging baskets and window boxes to improve their frontage and make the town more welcoming to residents and visitors. However PACT, in conjunction with a small group of volunteers is seeking to raise funding to take forward four specific initiatives to "Green Penrith":
- Place flower boxes at all of the town entrances to welcome people into the town.
- Extend the existing Penrith in Bloom initiative with a view to placing hanging baskets on all lamp posts in the centre of the town.
- Develop a style of planter which can be placed in key locations around town. The aim would be to get a high quality, consistent set of products which will add value to the town in the long term. These will be planted with trees, bushes and flowers.
- Encourage community groups to take responsibility for maintaining some key flower beds in the centre of town.
To date (July 2012) over £20,000 has been raised to take forward this initiative. The Council has given just over £10,000 to kick start this initiative with the balance being raised from grant funders and local businesses.
The planters, built by Richardsons and Sons, have been planted up by Larch Cottage Nurseries with a range of plants, details below which will provide all year interest.
Local firms have recently been approach to seek sponsorship for the planters. The very positive response has meant that all the planters are now sponsored and this funding allows PACT to insure the planters and under take on-going maintenance. It also allows the plants to be refreshed and bulbs planted for spring interest.
It has been agreed that any surplus funds will be reinvested to take forward other parts of the vision as detailed below.
A detailed budget showing income and expenditure is listed as an attachment at the bottom of the page.
(Please also see our Garden of Eden pages.)
Plants in Planters in Town
Betula utilis var jacquemontii multi stem
Sorbus Salmon Queen
Aucuba Japonica Sulphurea Marginata
Berberis Thun Aurea
Berberis Thun f atropururea Helmond Pillar
Callicarpa Bodinieri Profusion
Clematis Forget Me Not
Clematis Ice Crystal
Clematis Rosa Konigskind
Cornus alba Wintersun
Cornus Stolonifera Flaviramea
Corylus maxima Rode Zellernoot (Red Filbert)
Diascia Little Drifter
Euonymus jap Bravo
Euonymus jap Microphyllus Aureovar
Euonymus japonica Pierrolino
Gaultheria x wisleyensis Pink Pixie
Geranium Rozanne (Jolly Bee)
Helleborus Orientails Harvington Apricot
Helleborus Orientails Harvington Double Apricot
Helleborus Orientails Harvington Double Chocolate
Helleborus torquatus Party Dress from Apricot parent
Heuchera Edens Mystery
Hydrangea quercifolia Ice Crystal
Ilex crenata Fastigiata
Ledum gronlandicum Helma
Leucothoe Font Rainbow
Leucothoe fontanesiana Carniella
Leucothoe fontanesiana Whitewater
Ligustrum Jap Rotundifolium
Lonicera crassifolia Little Honey
Lysimachia Ciliata Firecracker AGM
Osmanthus heterophyllus Variegatus
Phormium Tenex Purpureum
Photinia Little Red Robin
Photinia X Fraseri Red Robin
Pieris Jap Little Heath AGM