If you’ve travelled from Shanklin to Ventnor in the last week, you might’ve noticed a new addition on the roadside by Smuggler’s Haven car park.
Standing proudly beside the ‘Welcome to Ventnor’ signage are two beautiful palm trees.
They are the first stage from an initiative by the Ventnor Town Council to improve the gateways to Ventnor. The project will see improvements to one gateway per year (there are four in total).
The palm trees, although only recently planted (due to previously unsuitable weather conditions), were funded from last year’s allocation, so we can expect another Ventnor gateway to see improvements later this year.
Half of the cost for the improvements was covered by the Ventnor Town Council and the other half came from a grant from the Isle of Wight council’s Economic Improvement Fund.
The palm trees were purchased from the Ventnor Botanic Garden.