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News Archive > General > ´Garden Gateway´ work is under way

´Garden Gateway´ work is under way

By Simon Fernley 5th March 2020

´Garden Gateway´ work is under way
Work has begun on St Austell´s ´Garden Gateway´

ONE lane of the A391 is now closed until May to allow work to improve St Austell’s gateway road to get under way. One lane of the north east distributor road will be closed until May 26 for landscaping, plantin

g and seeding on roundabouts and grass verges as part of St Austell Bay Economic Forum’s (SABEF) ambitious ‘St Austell Project’.

The Garden Route scheme is reimagining the landscape bordering the A391 and its roundabouts to transform the site into a 1.4-acre flourishing wildflower corridor and perennial meadow garden – the first project of its kind in Cornwall, in partnership with Cornwall Council and the National Wildflower Centre at the Eden Project.

SABEF’s greening initiatives aim to enhance the local landscapes – reimagining St Austell and the surrounding areas as a more vibrant place to live, work and play – working hand-in-hand with established local gardens and Cornwall Council.

Two testbeds at Holmbush and Trenowah roundabout, planted in early summer 2019 were very successful and have helped shaped the larger scale vision of The Garden Route on the A391.

The design team for the perennial meadow garden, which sits between Carthew roundabout to the Pinetum junction on the A391 and will join the Wildflower Corridor between Carludden and Carclaze roundabout, was appointed by SABEF in January 2019 to begin work on how to deliver the project.

The SABEF team held a public consultation event at The Garden Festival in St Austell last summer, and the Whitegold Festival in September, inviting local communities into the development of the Austell Project’s greening and ceramics initiatives – including the Wildflower Corridor and the Perennial Meadow Garden.

More than 12,000 visitors were welcomed to the 2019 Garden Festival, joining in the celebrations of the town’s famous botanical gardens, beautiful surrounding landscapes and local bio-diverse wildlife. In September, after months of research and consultation, the first phase of work to bring to life to the new Wildflower Corridor began.

SABEF confirmed that from Monday the next wave of activity would begin on the verges bordering the A391.  

A SABEF spokesman said: “For safety one lane of the A391 is to be closed, whilst the planting is taking place. It is expected the works will take up to 12 weeks. “As the initiative gets under way and the weather warms it is hoped the mix of incredible flora, which has been specially selected for the site, will begin to bloom – creating a riot of colour along the gateway road into the town.  

“The sustainable community of plants, curated for the site along the A391, includes St John’s Wort, Evening Primrose, Orange Hawkweed and Purple Coneflower amongst others.

“They’ve been hand selected to create a year- round floral bloom but also because they’re particularly good for creating a biodiverse habitat that attracts bees, butterflies and dragonflies.”

By Simon Fernley 5th March 2020

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