Patchway councillor Keith Walker joined neighbours and community workers this week as they got their hands dirty beginning to create a Pocket Park at Arlingham Way, helped by the recent award of a grant.
Patchway Conservation Group, which is part of the Green Spaces Project in Patchway, was recently successful in bidding for £10,000. This came from the national £1.5M Pocket Parks programme which provides for up to 100 communities in deprived wards to manage small green spaces. They are designed to help improve community integration, community pride and social action, especially where communities are involved in the upkeep and development decisions of the park.
The residents were assisted by grounds staff from the Town Council to transform an overgrown and under-utilised area into a place that will be used by children and adults alike.
Councillor Keith Walker, who lives on Arlingham Way, says:
"This is a great initiative as well as great fun. Pocket parks are set up to be small areas of inviting public space where people can enjoy relief from the hustle and bustle of city streets, and I encourage other Patchway residents to get involved."
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Pictured are Community Development Worker Ellen Segalov, Patchway resident Toni Rugman, Councillor Keith Walker and Town Council Clerk Lucy Hamid