New mural brings subways to life

Mural painted in underpass

One of the most used subways in Bracknell Forest has been transformed from a dull, graffiti hotspot to a vibrant mural that celebrates biodiversity and pollinators.

The underpass under the Sainsbury’s roundabout on the A322 Bagshot Road, previously had plain white walls, providing a blank canvas for graffiti. However, the new artwork, hand painted by artist Lynne Hollingsworth and her team, has breathed new life into the area, making it a more welcoming space for pedestrians and cyclists.

The mural has been designed to appeal to all ages and is dementia friendly with simple colours and bold shapes. Oak leaves, daffodils, daisies and bees can all be spotted in the artwork giving a nod to the beautiful green spaces across the borough.

Cllr Helen Purnell, Executive Member for Environment and Community Cohesion at Bracknell Forest Council, said:

“We are delighted with the results of the artwork in the underpass on the A322.

“We know this is a popular pedestrian route that has often been vandalised, so to protect this mural for years to come, it has been coated with anti-graffiti paint.

“Pedestrians can enjoy a glimpse of the Bracknell Forest countryside on their travels through the underpass, bringing a bit of green to a busy main road.”

The mural is part of a wider council initiative to make foot and cycle paths across the borough feel safer. As part of the project, overhanging vegetation on the approach to underpasses across the borough has been cut back to let in more natural light and help them feel less enclosed.