Fore Street, Heavitree
Interwoven Productions CIC, your local community-arts, not-for-profit company and the Heavitree Squilometre have been commissioned by Exeter City Council to find creative, community-involved ways to improve the trading environment of Fore Street, Heavitree. This work will use Section 106 funds that were provided by the Waitrose and Rydon Lane Retail Park developments.
"THE GREEN POD"
You will soon see troughs and planters on Fore Street. Here’s a little more information about them:-
Who’s paying for them?
Costs have been covered by Section 106 funds provided by the Waitrose and Rydon Lane Retail Park developers specifically to enhance and improve the Fore Street trading environment.
Individual traders are each participating in the watering
Who is responsible for them?
Their purchase and installation has been arranged by Interwoven Productions CIC, a local not-for-profit Community Interest Company who have taken responsibility for their insurance and for all of the other permissions necessary for their placement.
This has been done in partnership with local traders who have agreed to participate in watering and maintenance.
Who has been driving the project?
Greening of Fore Street activity has been driven and co-ordinated by an open group of local residents calling themselves the “Green Pod”. They have co-ordinated local community effort and expertise to slowly unpick all of the problems that have stopped planting on Fore St in the past.
They have used the results from previous consultations that have always strongly favoured planting on Fore Street. The budget available this time didn’t allow for trees but they sincerely hope that their efforts this year will “plant” (pun intended!) the seeds for further work in the future. If you’d like to be part of the Green Pod then please contact us below.
Why not brighter colours?
Plants have been chosen, this time, to be insect-friendly and to help the local air and environment so will not be the usual brightly coloured bedding plants. Although slightly less impacting on the eye we hope this will increase our chances of Fore Street, Heavitree gaining an Its Your Neighbourhood, SW in Bloom award this summer. Wish us luck!!!
Check out our Thank You Gallery of wonderful local people who have helped the project so far ....
"FORE STREET - THEN AND NOW"
Inspired by this image provided by our very own Heavitree councillor, Olwen Foggin, we will be working with Ladysmith Junior School on a history project that will celebrate the long trading heritage on Fore Street. Ninety Y5 children are undertaking a history project inspired by the long trading history of our very own Fore Street kindly supplied by the Heavitree Local History Society. They'll be creating trade emblems representing the fascinating range of outlets from history - drapers, saddlemakers, blacksmiths, bootmakers and presenting them as unique, circular blue plaques for display outside or inside the current premises. They'll include a little bit of the children's research and their names - forging more great links between the residential and trading communities of Heavitree!
"FLAGS FOR FORE STREET"
All through February 2018 our Interwoven artist, Kerrie Seymour, worked with Year 4 children from St Michael's CofE Primary Academy creating Flags for Fore Street! You can see some of their development work here - St Michael's Yr 4 Art Project
We're thrilled to say that thirty flags have now been installed on Fore Street. And, yes, they're looking WONDERFUL!
And the great news is that all of this wonderful community work can be entered for an Its Your Neighbourhood, SW in Bloom Award and we've submitted our application already!! So, if you come on board, you'll be part of a neighbourhood team that will get full recognition for their work!!