Amberol is working with a number of councils and local authorities across the UK creating floral barriers as a way of maintaining safe social distancing in areas of high footfall.
Instead of using traditional methods such as railings or chain link fencing to funnel and separate pedestrians in public spaces, organisations are planting up banks of Amberol’s self-watering containers as an aesthetically attractive alternative. These complement other space management tools such as social distancing stickers and pavement markings.
Amberol’s MD Patience Atkinson-Gregory explains that the company has been supporting both new and current customers in utilising products such as oval, promenade and parade planters to create walkways in pedestrian areas. The containers can also be used to block off streets that are closed to traffic in order to free up pedestrian space in areas of high footfall.
“Councils have recognised that there is an opportunity here to be quite creative by using floral planters,” Patience comments. “Some of the planters that we manufacture are an ideal size to act as fencing and can be used in a range of scenarios, from making one-way areas for pedestrian traffic, to blocking roads to vehicular traffic.”
The Parade range of planters is one of Amberol’s newer products. The containers can interlock with other planters in the Nexus range to form right angles, boundaries and barriers to create imaginative and attractive solutions to space separation challenges. Because it can be connected to other containers, the Parade planter is particularly versatile, making it suitable for use in both large open spaces as well as more compact places.
Amberol’s oval planters measure 1.2m long and are 0.6m high while the metre squared containers are also very popular with councils for use in space and pedestrian management. All planters are available in a wide range of colours and can also be customised with local authority logos.
With a range of facilities such as pubs, restaurants and hairdressers opening at the start of July, the issue of social distancing in public places is an important one for local authorities across the UK. Many are keen to soften the appearance of social distancing measures in an effort to make high streets and commercial centres both safe and appealing places to visit.
“I think many of us find social distancing one of the hardest aspects of the regulations around Covid-19,” Patience adds. “The need to enforce distancing measures is likely to have a significant impact on what our communal areas look like. Using floral barriers can soften the effect as well as cheering us all up with a little bit of much-needed beauty. It goes to show that there are many ways that functional products can also be a very attractive addition to the built environment.”
For advice on how Amberol’s self-watering planters can be used for safe space management, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01773 830 930.