Work is underway to install three 40ft planters which will turn New Street into a ‘garden street.’
The project in Huddersfield town centre is part of Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield Blueprint.
The council describes New Street as a ‘garden street’ with planting and greenery, integrated seating and artwork. A poem by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will be embossed on the paving.
Work started this week to install three 40ft (12 metre) tall vertical planters. They are tree-like structures which will have plants growing up around them.
The planters and recently-completed granite flowerbeds will be filled with seasonal plants next month.
The three planters were created by artist Tim Ward from ‘Circling the Square’ and each has its own distinct theme.
Constructed from steel, the first planter’s theme is Contours, with the lattice structure representing the contours and topography of Huddersfield.
The second’s theme is Waterways and the third is Commerce, with the structure created to look like threads representing the rich textile history of the area.
Clr Graham Turner, Cabinet member for growth and regeneration, said: “It’s great to see work continue on New Street with the addition of these planters specifically designed for the area by artist Tim Ward.
“Not only are these planters going to add some greenery to our town centre but they also bring with them art and culture which will only be celebrated further with the embossed poem by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.
“Through the Huddersfield Blueprint, the development of New Street is bringing a new energy to the town centre that will both increase footfall and, in turn, generate business growth.”