Green Fingered Town Centre BID Brightens-Up Bournemouth

As part of an environmental initiative, the Bournemouth Town Centre BID is funding attractive plant displays in Lansdowne.

Spurred on by their successful renewal campaign, the Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) is delivering the next stage of their ‘Lansdowne Community Growth Project’. This includes brightening up neglected areas and empty spaces in Lansdowne, with eye-pleasing planting arrangements. It aims to create a more welcoming environment for businesses, residents, college attendees and visitors to the town.

With refreshments provided by Naked Coffee, the Town Centre BID recently welcomed local businesses, including representatives from Bournemouth and Poole College, to the first planting on the corner of Christchurch Road. With work to clear the site beginning in April, bright and vigorous plants will now stand out on what once was a litter-strewn bit of wasteland. The BID supported project, will shortly include more planting in the Bear Pit sunken roundabout at the end of Holdenhurst Road.

Steve Hughes, Town Centre BID manager, said:

“Lansdowne represents a busy gateway to Bournemouth and we’re delighted to carry forward our Lansdowne Community Growth Project, to spruce up some long-neglected areas. The area next to Bournemouth and Poole College was totally overgrown, unsightly, full of litter and not a pleasant area to walk, especially at night. Work began in April and now with new plants, shrubs and flowers, we have transformed the site.’’

The improvements to the area were made possible by the financial support of the Town Centre BID, Bournemouth in Bloom, the local Parks Team, and different groups from the community which included local Councillors, the Dorset Devils, and Town Centre BID Rangers.

The BID is an independent, not-for-profit company with a voluntary board of directors drawn from a range of businesses in the BID area. To find out more about the Bournemouth Town Centre BID, visit www.towncentrebid.co.uk.