Eden gives its expertise for neighbour's renewal

Garden Gateway scheme begins in St Austell

Expertise from the Eden Project is being used to transform areas of neighbouring St Austell that are in need of regeneration. The Garden Gateway project is part of a renewal scheme for Cornwall’s biggest historic market town. Planting and landscape design are being used to improve areas of the town in a collaboration between Eden and Restormel Borough Council with South West Regional Development Agency funding. Restormel’s parks department will provide its expertise for free in planting the scheme, while Eden’s management time, design fees and creative input will also be provided without charge. Public space and environment manager Andrew Pidgen said two meadows are being planted in the first phase before two areas of land at opposite ends of the town are enhanced with new planting schemes and flags. An area of the town surrounded by roads, known as Cosgrave Triangle, will be planted with exotic trees and shrubs, including redwoods, monkey puzzles and cedars. Eden landscape manager Jane Knight said: “Fine specimen trees are already a feature of this part of the town. The new trees will be planted in the autumn and will give the area an arboretum feel.” The second site is the Mount Charles roundabout, which will be given an oasis feel with the planting of Cornish palms and architectural shrubs and grasses. Penzance artist Lucy Fontaine will install a series of flagpoles decorated with colourful flags at both sites.

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