'We're growing a brighter future' - new plants for Wakefield city centre

If you head into Wakefield today you’ll be greeted by new plants to welcome shoppers back to the city centre.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 2:57 pm
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 2:58 pm
The team with newly planted plants
The team with newly planted plants

The Wakefield Horticultural Partnership, which includes Wakefield Council, Wakefield BID, Wakefield College, Friends of CHaT Parks and First Impressions garden centre in Ackworth, have been preparing plants.

They will be distributed around areas of the district and Wakefield city centre to welcome people back once restrictions are lifted.

The aim of the partnership’s current project is to brighten up the city and town centres in order to support the district’s recovery from the pandemic.

Maureen Cummings, the council’s cabinet member for environment, communities and poverty, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic partnership and I’m delighted to see so many different people involved who are all passionate about our district and making it the best that it can be.

“By taking steps now and working with partners we can look forward to the time when we can welcome, government guidance permitting, the full reopening of our high streets.

“When that happens we’ll be ready for residents and visitors to come and enjoy everything we have to offer in great surroundings.”

Christine Armstrong, director of Wakefield BID, added, “The project is growing – literally – day by day and that is thanks to all the hard work behind the scenes. I can’t wait to see all these wonderful plants brightening up the city centre.”

Tony Jackson, work placement coordinator at Wakefield College, said: ‘’We have enabled our students and community groups to take part in something very special, celebrating all that is good in Wakefield.’’

The council and Wakefield BID have also teamed up to further spruce up the district and city centre as part of plans to support the recovery. This will involve additional cleaning and enhancing shop fronts.