Plymouth children’s beautiful illustrations brighten up Barbican


Local schoolchildren have been creating beautiful Plymouth-themed designs to adorn the new planters on the Barbican, as part of a competition run by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District (PWP BID).

A total of 19 planters, filled with more than 2,000 trailing petunias, were recently installed along Southside Street.

The aim is to provide a floral welcome to visitors to the Barbican, and make the area safer for pedestrians by discouraging parking on the pavements.

The planters are part of the BID’s entry into the 2021 South West in Bloom initiative, a regional heat of the renowned Britain in Bloom competition.

PWP is now brightening up the planters themselves by decorating the sides with the children’s bright and colourful designs.

A total of 135 entries were received for the illustration competition from children aged 5 to 11 from three local schools: St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, Pilgrim Primary School and Hyde Park Junior School.

Diane Mansell, Chief Executive of PWP, said: “We were absolutely blown away by the creative and imaginative designs submitted into the competition and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the children that got involved. It was a difficult process to narrow down all the amazing entries to just 19 winners!

“The designs bring even more colour and cheer to the Barbican so make sure you visit Southside Street and take a look.”

Each of the 19 Barbican planters will now host one of the winning designs, as well as new signage welcoming visitors to the area and showcasing unique facts about the city.

Find more information about PWP here.

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