Green makeover set for Westgate Street
By Sarah Wood | 16th March 2023
Westgate Street in Gloucester will see new trees introduced for shade and planters with bio-diverse varieties to attract pollinators and help address air quality.
The transformation of the street is thanks to the Cathedral Quarter High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), funded by Gloucester City Council and Historic England.
The street, which boasts over 70 listed buildings, will have artwork in keeping with its heritage to mark the entrances and new seating to encourage people to enjoy the new green scheme.
Plans also include a Beatrix Potter Mouse trail to celebrate the city's starring role in the Tailor of Gloucester, complete with bronze images of tailoring mice. And bronze plaques in the pavement will tell people more about the Westgate's history.
HSHAZ is a £1.9 million heritage-led regeneration scheme to preserve and repair the street's historic buildings and celebrate its rich heritage with cultural events and activities.
The proposals follow a consultation that took place last summer.
Work on the new scheme is due to begin in late summer.
Cllr Richard Cook, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: "As a council, we are committed to addressing climate change and greening the city is one of our key priorities. These plans will help make Westgate Street a more attractive and greener place for residents, businesses and visitors alike. It will also complement the multi-million pound regeneration that is currently taking place and transforming our city centre."
Rebecca Barrett, regional director of Historic England, said: "It's great to see Westgate's heritage being cared for, refreshed and celebrated through the new public realm design. Alongside the building and shopfront repairs already underway as part of the HSHAZ scheme, this will add vibrancy to historic Westgate."
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