Friday, 30 June 2017

Five on Friday - Bracknell Underpasses

Hello

Thanks for popping in for the Five on Friday link-up with Tricky's FAST Blog.

I've been into Bracknell this week and came across the following five.

One - Murals

Bracknell used to be a single street which is shown on 17th Century maps. By 1790 the street had buildings either side and a number of pubs from that time and earlier still exist today.  The town was redeveloped in the 1950/60s to include large housing estates with many roundabouts and pedestrian underpasses.  To jazz them up, murals were painted on them in 2011 and one in particular has paintings of the shops that used to be along the High Street, or Bracknell Street as it was originally known, before it was redeveloped.




Coincidentally the Library has an exhibition of photos contrasting black and white pictures of Bracknell with those taken in 2013.  The shops have changed considerably and of course are in the process of changing again.


Two - Pyramidal Orchids

Following the underpasses as they wind under the roads, you can't help but notice that the Council have stopped mowing the grass as part of their Blooming Biodiversity initiative and over the years native flowers have started to thrive again.  In one area there were several of these spectacular pyramidal orchids, some darker than the others






Three - More Wildflowers

In a similar vein, around the bus station large areas had been planted with wildflower turf and seeds and was happily going wild.



Four - Council Offices

Outside the Council Offices, in the middle of all the building works, a splash of colourful antirrhinums planted en masse lit up the place.


Five - More Murals

Trying to negotiate my way around the underpasses, revealed lots more murals.






All sorts of things unrelated to Bracknell and a few showing some of the local buildings.

It's going to look very modern when all the new building work is completed.

Have a great weekend.

Cheerio

18 comments:

  1. Great murals. That orchid is so fabulous!

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    1. Beautiful isn't it. Nature at its best. 😊

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  2. Lovely murals and good, that the orchids are back. We have any places for wild orchid too, happy, that they care them. So colorful antirhinniums, what a joy.
    Have a nice weekend

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  3. The murals are wonderful, I nearly always enjoy street art.

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    1. In this case they turn what would be dark underpasses into a less threatening environment.

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  4. What a delight to visit and see so many murals, some are amazing. I really did enjoy seeing them.

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  5. I love murals .. they are all so different. Beautiful flowers. Happy Friday!

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    1. There were so many, I came across New unsurpassed that I don't usually use because of all the diversions.

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  6. I like both sets of murals you have shown us and the wildflower areas are lovely. The orchids are wonderful. Bracknell looks like an interesting place to visit:)

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    1. It's always been a bit utilitarian but like anywhere if you look close enough you will find some hidden gems.

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  7. We used to have to go to Bracknell in the 1980s to visit one of the offices on business and all I remember is the concrete and the underpasses. Bracknell looks brighter with the wild flower policy which we have here in our city too. It's great to see the orchids growing. The murals are good.

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    1. Hopefully it will look much better when all the work is finished. Bracknell Forest is a good Council and has always done a great job with flowers though.

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  8. Wonderful murals! I enjoyed seeing Bracken, and the lovely flowers.

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    1. Thanks, so glad you enjoyed the tour.

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  9. I'd never heard of a pyramid Orchid before, you learn something new every day!
    Thanks for joining in with Five on Friday, hope you have a wonderful week :)

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    1. Fingers crossed that's what it is but it looks wonderful doesn't it!

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