Church Road Pocket Park created on East Street

19th October 2020

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A transformation has taken place on East Street as the Bedminster BID, Juniper Homes, Purcell Architects and local artist Hasan Kamill have come together to create a colourful, creative pocket park in the heart of the community.

Church Road Pocket Park created on East Street

Located on Church Road, opposite the East Street Fruit Market, the park has been fitted with benches, planters and art, creating a haven on the high street for the community. 

Funding for the transformation came from the central government’s ‘Pocket Parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces’ initiative, as well as a donation from Juniper Homes.

In line with the community’s colourful and sustainable reputation, artist Hasan Kamill has added a unique splash of colour with some bright, upcycled bins that have been repurposed as planters.

The project is the result of two years of collaborative working between community organisations and the architects to transform an underused area and create much needed rest spaces for the older generations visiting East Street for shopping.

Simon Dicken, Chairman of the Bedminster BID says, “It is really great to see another area of our community transformed into a local hub for visitors to use. We are beginning to see positive changes on East Street, and this new addition will hopefully encourage people to use the space and enjoy what this area of Bedminster has to offer. As one of the most vibrant shopping high streets in Bristol, we need to do everything we can to hold onto its businesses while we regenerate the area around the street.”

This is the second wave of funding granted to the Bedminster community to regenerate urban green spaces, following the successful development of the Ebenezer Pocket Park on North Street over five years ago.

The Bedminster BID represents over 300 businesses across East St, North St, West St, Cannon St and Bedminster Parade and works to bring footfall and economic development to the area as well as promote it as a vibrant destination for shopping and leisure in Bristol. For more information on the Bedminster BID, please visit www.bedminster.org.uk or follow @BedminsterBID on social media.

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