Posted by Peter Aldridge.
We feared that the self watering railing planters located along the
riverside walk at Back of Avon would have to be taken down after a spate of
vandalism this summer resulted in every display being damaged over a period of under
two months. Despite using the
manufacturer’s recommended fixings and tightening the railings to reduce play, we have been unable to prevent
the planters from being a target for the vandals.
Sponsorship secretary Shelby Powell commented “Some members
of the committee thought we might have to remove the railing planters, but a
number of people commented that if we could add additional brackets to the
bottom of each planter this could prevent the planters from being moved”.
The vast majority of the project is funded by individuals
and local businesses through sponsorship monies and volunteers faced the
difficulty of raising enough funds to pay for replacement parts damaged as a
result of the vandalism as well as additional funding for the design and
installation of additional brackets.
Two town centre businesses came forward and donated £150
towards replacement parts including the internal trays in which the plants are
secured within the planter. The
donations came from Nickie Philipson-Stow of the Orange Pig and Jackie Dean of
Bluebell Wood florist shop.
Local precision sheet metal fabricators, Precision Engineering
Pieces, based at Ashchurch Business Centre came forward to design, manufacture
and fit the additional brackets required to provide more security for the
planters at no cost to the volunteers.
Senior programmer Nick Lyons who has worked for the company
for over thirty years has been responsible for fitting the prototype brackets
at the riverside location. Volunteers at
Tewkesbury in Bloom have been suitably impressed by the design and finish and
have asked Nick to produce enough brackets for all eight planters.
Chris Grant general manager at PEP comments
“Precision Engineering Pieces are only too happy to help the community and
assist in deterring vandalism in our local beauty spot”.
The winter plants are currently being
grown at Cornerways Ways nursery at Twyning, and will be installed inside the
planters as soon as the work has been completed by the team at PEP.