The space behind the Ebenezer Gate on North Street, Bedminster, Bristol is a narrow alleyway, lined by an avenue of trees. Previously the space was not open to the public and was used to store building waste but gradually over the past three years the space has undergone a dramatic regeneration scheme. This forgotten space has been turned into a 'pocket park' in a project involving student volunteers and academics from the Bristol School of Architecture at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), as part of the 'Hands-on-Bristol' project working with the Bedminster Town Team.
This project features a special 'story telling bench' that has been designed by students in collaboration with the Hands-on-Bristol collective, architect George Lovesmith and the fabricator John Griffiths of OOMA design and funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Crafted in accoya wood that was generously gifted by James Lathams of Yate, the bench is a semi-circle shape with a high back to give a sense of an enclosure where children and can sit and tell and listen to stories with parents and friends. There are plans to add a Little Free Library in 2017. Thanks to a volunteering day by Lloyds Banking staff, the park now has some wooden and reclaimed tyre planters and wildlife friendly plants have been donated by Riverside Garden Centre. Small grants from Bedminster Secret Gardens and Bedminster Improvement District will also be used to buy futher plants and gardening equipment.