The Cumberland Piazza Community Gardening Group
This is the largest open public space in Hotwells and since 2009 Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association, led by the late Ray Smith and Anna Haydock-Wilson have been engaging the local community with the aim of changing it from an underused grey thoroughfare into a place where humans and others can linger. Dame Sylvia Crowe designed this space as part of the road network in the 1960s with childrens’ play as a priority. It had a play park and a fountain, but also about a quarter of the traffic we see today. Neglected since it was built, locals wanted to create green areas and play facilities.
With only small amounts of (hard fought for) funding here and there and 100s of amazing local volunteers, we have managed incremental improvements- the acer trees, the planters in 2014, followed by the skatespot and pillar painting 2015 and the Pocket Park and sedum beds 2015-2017. Throughout we have encouraged and/or commissioned artworks.
We are seeking regular volunteers to help with gardening, keeping the place tidy, growing our biodiversity corridor and increasing activities, arts and play opportunities, especially for young people. Our next community gardening session is on 7th January 2024 2-4pm & 1st Sunday of every month thereafter
4th Feb 2.30-4.30pm
3rd March 2.30-4.30pm
7th April 3-5pm
5th May 3-5pm
2nd June 3-6pm
7th July 3-5pm
1st September 3-5pm
6th October 3-5pm
3rd November 2.30-4.30pm
1st December 1-3pm
To get involved email [email protected] or join our WhatsApp group by texting Anna 07957 252239.