This space behind Ebenezer Gate (the entrance to the former Ebenezer Methodist Church) on North Street, Bedminster, Bristol is in a narrow alleyway lined by an avenue of trees. Previously the space was closed off and full of building waste and rubbish. However, since Spring 2016 the space has undergone a dramatic regeneration scheme, and has been turned into a 'pocket park. The project involved MA Architecture students and academics from the Bristol School of Architecture at University of the West of England, as part of the 'Hands-on-Bristol' project working with the Bedminster Improvement District.
The park features curved 'story telling benches' that were designed by the UWE students, in collaboration with the Hands-on-Bristol collective, architect George Lovesmith and the fabricator John Griffiths of OOMA design and were funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government. Crafted in accoya wood that was generously gifted by James Lathams of Yate, the benches is a semi-circle shape with a high back to give a sense of an enclosure where visitors can sit.
The park has a Little Free Library, raised wooden planters (built by Lloyds Banking volunteers and students from nearby Ashton Park School), wildlife friendly planting and a community herb bed. Plants have been donated by Riverside Garden Centre and small grants from Bedminster Secret Gardens and Bedminster Improvement District have been used used to buy futher plants and gardening equipment. The space is maintained by a group of local volunteers, The Ebenezer Angels.
Facilities: Volunteering, Wildlife area
Open to the public?Yes
Open to the public - details: During opening times
Gates are open during daylight hours
Gated park with seating situated between George Carr Power Products and Story Smith Book Shop on North Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1EN, opposite junction of Greville Street and North Street.
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