Summer makeover for Propero Place

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Prospero Place is getting a makeover just in time for summer with a temporary garden installation popping up this week.


The garden installation is part of The Future of Broadway Project which is about creating a main street that people want to invest in, and can be proud of.

Director Community Services Kate Whareaitu says, “ The Stratford Business Association have generously sponsored the garden installation, and numerous local businesses and community groups have come on board to help create this space that the community will be able to enjoy for the duration of summer.”

Stratford Business Association Secretary Samara Preston explains, “The garden installation was inspired by William Shakespeare’s - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and is a great way to explore how this space could work for our community in the future. Not only does this theme incorporate the town’s Shakespeare affiliation, it also allowed us to be really creative with what we did with the installation. We wanted to create a space that delves into the imagination, and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.”

A key feature of the installation are two seats which were designed by a local student. In 2016 students from the Stratford High School Year 11 Graphics class designed seats that would enhance Prospero Place and for the community to enjoy. Council then took one of the designs and had the seats built. As from this week, the seats will permanently be located in Prospero Place, and will be a key feature in the Midsummer Night’s Dream themed tea party garden installation. “We are excited to finally have these chairs out for the public to enjoy,” says Kate.

The final touches to the garden will be made this Saturday from 10am, and to launch this installation Council invites anyone from the community to come along to lend a hand to plant the garden boxes in Prospero Place.