Dramatic transformation of traffic roundabouts in seven UK cities improves motorists experience. In partnership with Pictorial Meadows and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Prof. Nigel Dunnett, Director of External Engagement and Impact, leads on a £130,000 project to revamp roundabouts in the busy areas of Glasgow, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, Swindon, Liverpool and Woking.
Seven sites were selected by local authorities for planting with sustainable wildflower meadows. On sites chosen for their proximity to major arterial roads to maximise visual impact, the colourful meadows also create a perfect environment for bees and other pollinating insects.
Prof. Nigel Dunnett explains that these meadows extend beyond the current trend of creating wildflower meadows in urban areas. ” These meadows combine a range of different techniques, using dynamic and dramatic plantings to create spectacular effects. This project provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the impact that colourful naturalistic plantings can have on urban locations, both ecologically and environmentally”.
In Sheffield, the Park Square Roundabout meadow includes robust perennial plants, vigorous shrubs and colourful bulbs, combined with seed mixes of colourful annuals and perennials. These were specially selected for Sheffield’s climate and growing conditions. Two acres of ‘pre-grown’ meadow mats were installed in autumn 2015, following careful preparation of the ground.
The seven sites transformed 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