The historic thoroughfare of Broad Street in the centre of Oxford has been transformed into ‘Broad Meadow’ over the summer months, with a new public square filled with wildflowers and plants.
The new outdoor space of meadows, lawns, and “places for Oxford residents and visitors to sit and meet with friends and family”, was officially opened in July.
The work to transform the newly pedestrianised area was completed in four days and included the installation of drop-down bollards, wooden seating and planters made from local recyclable materials (including pallets used to transport vaccines and protective equipment during the pandemic).
Muralist Bryony Benge-Abbott was commissioned to create a large flower-inspired artwork / floorscape in the area in order to continue the theme of introducing nature into Broad Street over the summer.
Landscape Architects LDA Design utilised 120m² of our Native Enriched Turf, with the turf residing in planters along Broad Street.
With part of the area closed to traffic on a temporary basis, Oxford City Council has longer-reaching ambitions for the street, which is home to the Sheldonian Theatre and the Bodleian Library.
Not close to Oxford and fancy checking out the Broad Meadow? You can view the wild transformation of Broad Street on YouTube.