Faringdon Road planters given new lease of life thanks to volunteers

An enthusiastic team of volunteers have spruced up Swindon’s Heritage Acton Zone.

Published: Friday, 23rd July 2021

Volunteers revamp Faringdon Road planters

Members of Swindon Borough Council’s Housing team were joined by volunteers from the Mechanic’s Institution Trust, property maintenance company Quicksons and South Swindon Parish Council to weed and replant the brick street planters along Faringdon Road.

The plants were provided by Quicksons who carry out the maintenance of the Railway Village cottages. And to lift the spirits, everyone warmed up afterwards with coffee and cake.

The planting was organised by Karen Phimister, the Council’s Heritage Action Zone project officer, who said: “It might seem that tasks like street planting are not worth doing when we have buildings needing refurbishment and public realm schemes to deliver. 

“But these smaller actions are also really important because they start to send a message that the area is being looked after and that change is coming thanks to the Heritage Action Zone and our partnership with Historic England.

“Today’s event would not have been possible without Quicksons’ generous donation. I must say a huge thank you to them.”

Jason Larsen from Quicksons added: “Quicksons were very happy to help out as we appreciate the hard work carried out by members of the local community in the railway village.

“We look forward to seeing the planters brightening up the streets this summer.”

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