The Impact of Wooden Planters
It makes a huge difference to a place when the local community cares.
Eileen Harland and the Newland Residents Association work hard each day
to keep their local area, Newland Avenue in Hull, clean, tidy and well
One of their main projects is the maintenance of the wooden planters
that flank either side of the popular shopping throughway. We caught up
with her to find out why these wooden planters are an important focal
point for the local people.
Hi Eileen, we love some of the work that you do in the Newland Avenue area. Where did the idea come from?
It all started when the council gave up on the planters and were
no longer looking after them. Another chap took over the maintenance of
them, but soon got fed up. They unfortunately deteriorated quite
One day, I decided that I was going to do something about it. I
went out and began to replant them. There are now about half a dozen of
us who plant, decorate and keep the place tidy. We’re all members of the
Newland Residents Association.
Why do you think it’s important to keep the streets tidy?
There are a million reasons. Mainly, it’s to put a smile on
people’s faces. All the locals really appreciate it and often give us
donations towards the upkeep of the planters. It’s great because we rely
on that money; it’s how we’re funded.
I just think it’s important that everything looks nice, smart, clean and tidy. It makes a huge difference to people’s lives.
And the planters are a key part in this?
Yes, I think they do wonders for bringing the community together.
They act as a communication tool in a way. A lot of other people have
started to contribute to the planters.
So, you could say that you’ve sparked a community movement?
I think so, yes. We’ve had lots of different things pop up that
haven’t been anything to do with us. Babes in the Wool, the knitting and
haberdashery shop, recently decorated the planters with Easter-themed
We also had an anonymous person put up plaques explaining how
different cultures and countries celebrate Easter. It’s so exciting to
see more people getting involved and reclaiming the space.
What have you got planned for the future?
For summer, we’re filling the planters with lots of colour and
vibrancy. And then, come October/November, we’ll be doing the poppy
displays. We’ve already started preparing for Christmas 2017. Locals
have been donating their old baubles, so we’re going to go to town on
decorating them in December.
Here at Woodcraft, we agree that wooden planters
are a special addition to any street. We have a large range of
freestanding models, suitable for any private home or public space. We
can also create unique designs for your individual needs.