A ‘neglected’ area of town between St Botolph’s footbridge and the Job Centre has been given a nature-themed makeover.
A new planted garden and quirky ‘bug hotel’ and ‘multiple occupancy bird boxes’ have been installed - thanks to the help of volunteers and Transported Arts.
The work has included a major clean-up of the weed-filled patch, replanting and the addition of accommodation for the birds and the bees.
The new garden is part of a bigger project to improve the pedestrian route between the railway station and Boston Stump.
Award-winning artist Jeni Cairn designed the garden – an area nominated for improvement by Witham Central and Carlton Road Neighbourhood Action Group for Transported Art‘s On Your Doorstep project.
The bigger project will see artworks lining the route from the station to the Stump.
North Sea Camp prisoners nearing the end of their sentence worked on the area a few weeks ago to prepare it. On Thursday some were joined by Jeni and Elizabeth Bergeron, from Transported, and Jen Moore, Boston Borough Council’s environment and sustainability officer, to complete the planting.
The multi-story bug hotel built by Jeni and volunteers is now in place against the wall of the B&M store, along with four unique multi-occupancy bird boxes.
The garden will be officially opened by Boston Mayor Coun Richard Austin on Friday, at about 3.30pm. Before this there will be live folk music by Liam Robinson (2.30pm) and willow sculpting workshops by Julie Willoughby of Zoomorphia from 10am. The event is free and open to all.