A STUNNING and colourful aerial street canopy of flags has been unveiled in Falmouth as the centrepiece to the extensive Big Spring Clean project.

At nearly 200 metres long and comprising over 750 Falmouth-branded flags, the impressive new structure spans the length of Market Street in Falmouth.

The new street flags are part of the Big Spring Clean’ project co-ordinated by the Falmouth BID in partnership with Falmouth Town Council.

The flags have already proved a huge hit with residents and visitors alike, despite only being installed for a week.

A post on the subject via the town’s official Facebook page, which is managed by the Town Team, has received well over 1,000 likes and reached over 45,000 people, with dozens of positive comments also sent into the Town Team office.

The BID has taken this a stage further, by inviting people to submit their own images of the flags to the official Falmouth social media platforms using the hashtag #loveFalmouth. The more creative ones will then be shared digitally by the team in due course.

The flags stretch all the way down Market Street

The flags stretch all the way down Market Street

Following the cancellation of the BID managed Falmouth Spring Festival due to COVID, the team activated a series of community projects to enhance and improve the townscape, which over the past three months has included:

• Volunteer fortnight. A successful two-week programme of volunteer cleans. With 14 different locations, more than 130 volunteers and over 15 organisations involved, the initiative saw a record number of cleaning sites tackled by COVID compliant volunteer groups. Beach, signage and shopfront cleans, litter picks and graffiti removal all took place, in what has been another good example of the strength of the town’s community spirit.

• Green space revamps. Falmouth Town Council and Cormac’s gardening and maintenance teams provided additional support to the BID, so that a series of green space revamps could take place. These included a weeding and clean-up exercise at the Greenbank Gardens, a woodland clear-up at Tregoniggie, a gardening project at Princess Pavilion and a re-planting scheme that rejuvenated a tired section along Cliff Road.

• Standards. Town centre power washing, gutter cleaning, chewing gum removal, vacant unit makeovers and more has been actioned. This is in addition to the thousands of meters of bunting, cross street flags, hanging baskets and other display assets that have been purchased once again and installed by the Town Team.

• Over 70 new box planters have been planted up and positioned around the town centre, adding refreshing touches of greenery within an urban environment

Richard Wilcox, Falmouth BID manager underneath a canopy of flags

Richard Wilcox, Falmouth BID manager underneath a canopy of flags

Commenting on the new street flags and the wider Big Spring Clean project, Richard Wilcox Falmouth BID Manager said: “We’ve been delighted with the positive response received so far, regards the colourful street flags.


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"As a team we are continually striving to make innovations and improvements to the town and its environs. It about pooling modest resources as effectively as possible to make exciting things happen, whether that be supporting our business community, improving the public realm, rolling out national marketing campaigns or investing in our renowned festivals programme.

"Falmouth Town Council has been as always, excellent support and the partnership between the BID and Council continues to grow from strength to strength. Furthermore, we’ve been so pleased with the support received from many organisations and individuals in respect of the Big Spring Clean.

"The range of work undertaken really is testament to the strength of the Falmouth community pulling together which is especially important in the current climate, so a huge thank you to all who gave up time to help out. I would also like to mention the excellent work of Gwyn Richards and his Reach Maintenance team who expertly oversaw the flag canopy install for us.”

For further information, up-to-date activities taking place in Falmouth and more, visit the town’s official website at www.falmouth.co.uk/.