New barrel planters on Walcott Street

It was one of those places you hurry past, but wish someone would do something about. Why won’t someone clean it up?

Broken glass, rubbish and a struggling Jacaranda tree badly in need of some pruning.

The corner of Field and Walcott Streets was an eyesore and unloved.

The corner is a visible location with high traffic volumes and growing numbers of pedestrians. It is an important entry point to the Beaufort Street precinct. It is right behind the State heritage-listed Astor Theatre.

The corner was unloved and attracted rubbish and broken glass

The corner was unloved and attracted rubbish and broken glass

The Beaufort Street Network decided it was time for some action.

We mobilised the locals and created 4 x planters from recycled oil barrels. The barrels were cleaned, filled with soil and planted with ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongues (Sansevieria trifasciata). The ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongues were recycled as well as someone was throwing them out in the green-waste. So the project was based on local recycling of available materials.

The City of Stirling also assisted and supported the project.

The planters were installed using the latest technology for placemaking projects – cooperation.

A high-tech approach

A high-tech approach

And this is what the corner looks like now –

Barrel planters on corner of Field Street

Barrel planters on corner of Field Street

Well, it isn’t going to win design awards. But lots of small actions by a range of businesses and people can make a big difference to a place.

“Too often, cities only look to big-budget projects to revitalise a neighborhood. We want to encourage small, low-risk, community-driven improvements all across our city that can add up to larger, long-term change.”

Memphis Major, A.C.Wharton

Small actions can make a big difference to Beaufort Street.

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