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Thursday 16 May 2024


Salisbury City Council is proud to announce the upcoming launch of its sustainable planting display on The Market & Guildhall Square, scheduled to debut the week beginning 20th May 2024.

In a departure from traditional practices, the new display will feature sustainable plants that will not require annual replacement, thereby reducing both environmental impact and maintenance expenditure.

Cllr John Wells, Chair of the Environment & Climate Committee said, “We are thrilled to introduce these sustainable enhancements to our planting. By transitioning to plants that do not need frequent replacement, we not only promote environmental stewardship but also ensure long-term cost savings on maintenance for the council.”

The revamped display will showcase a diverse mix of shrubs, grasses, trailing plants and herbs, carefully selected to attract and support local wildlife, including bees and butterflies.

“Our aim is to create a vibrant ecosystem that not only beautifies our city but also serves as a haven for pollinators and other creatures,” added Cllr Wells.

Furthermore, the new plant selection is designed to thrive with minimal watering requirements, significantly reducing the frequency from 3-4 times a week to just once a week. This not only conserves water but also streamlines maintenance efforts, allowing for more efficient resource allocation.

A notable addition is the introduction of a ‘Pocket Park,’ providing residents and visitors alike with a serene space to immerse themselves in nature. Situated amongst wonderful greenery, the Pocket Park will offer help turn the grey into green by offering a tranquil retreat on the Square to unwind and connect with the natural world.

The Council is also taking strides towards sustainability by incorporating recycling and reusing practices into its urban landscaping. The planters used in the Pocket Park have been carefully repurposed to ensure longevity and minimise waste.

As part of the council’s commitment to innovation, living towers will replace traditional hanging baskets, offering a modern and space-efficient alternative while maximising plant diversity.

Salisbury City Council invites the community to experience the beauty and sustainability of the planting, fostering a deeper connection between residents and their environment.