Enterprise teams up with University of Sheffield for roundabout initiative
The £130,000 project will transform the roundabouts in the busy areas of Glasgow, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, Swindon, Liverpool and Woking. The seven sites, handpicked by local authorities, were also chosen for their proximity to major arterial roads to maximise their impact on local communities.
This ecological initiative celebrates Enterprise’s 20 years in the UK, and will be funded by the UK business and the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company.
The programme also supports the Government’s National Pollinator Strategy, launched by DEFRA in November 2014, which aims to improve conditions for bees and other pollinating insects.
Each meadow has been designed by Nigel Dunnett, Professor of Planting Design, and Vegetation Technology at The University of Sheffield, who was lead planting designer and horticultural consultant for the 2012 Olympic Park, together with his colleague James Hitchmough.
Sue France, director of urban meadow specialists, Pictorial Meadows, said: “Public sector budgets are very tight. With so many priorities it is very hard for local authorities to allocate funds to new landscape initiatives even if they are sustainable and have local social and environmental impact. This project is an example of public, private and third sectors working together to achieve something that will make a long-term difference. We know many local authorities are seeing this as a pathfinder project that will enable other more long-term planting schemes in the future.”
The location of the seven roundabouts to be re-landscaped are:
- Sherlock Street roundabout, Birmingham
- Drumry Road roundabout, Glasgow
- Middleton roundabout, Leeds
- East Prescott Road roundabout, Liverpool
- Park Square roundabout, Sheffield
- Elgin Drive and Kembrey Park roundabouts, Swindon
- Robin Hood Road roundabout, Woking