We provide over 600 floral hanging baskets and boxes to BID member businesses each year to enhance the appearance of the city centre. Any BID member can request this service for their premises and the floral displays are installed in June and then watered and maintained over the summer before being removed in October.
Winchester’s festive lighting and Christmas trees are provided by the BID and each year we upgrade and expand the scheme to illuminate new areas and landmark buildings in the city centre. We cover all installation and maintenance costs to ensure that the city looks magical during the festive season.
Additional Public Realm Enhancements
The BID manages regular additional cleaning, above and beyond the statutory duties of the local authorities. This includes deep cleaning of pavements in the BID area and removing chewing gum as well as graffiti removal from business premises. We also support new public art installations and other public realm enhancements. The BID offers feedback and assistance to the local authorities in managing effective street cleaning, improved signage and better access to commercial areas.
Sustainable Business Network
We are a member of the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Business Network and deliver a programme of events to help businesses learn about how to reduce their carbon footprint. We also support Winchester City Council’s Air Quality Steering Group, Carbon Neutrality Steering Group and Green Economic Development Strategy and share information with BID member businesses and help them to engage with these important initiatives.
Winchester Green Week
The BID supports Winchester Green Week and is a member of the Steering Group. This is Winchester’s annual festival to celebrate and promote sustainable living and offers a week of events for everyone, organised by local communities, environmental groups, educational institutions, faith groups, local authorities and businesses across the Winchester District. A sustainable future can be created by all of us growing greener together.