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The piazza has some new green areas which we hope you are enjoying.
In partnership with Alex Patience at Live Graft we have removed the cracked tiles from areas around the trees and re-used all the materials to create a rockery bed under the big Catalpa and another along the railings of the former playpark.
Although we've not been able to afford to do the major landscaping work proposed in 2013 we are incrementally and sustainably achieving a greener space and we're very proud of our zero waste re-use approach. Special thanks to Ray Smith for his legacy to the Cumberland Piazza and to Zoe Smith for excellent landscape advice.
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Join us on September 29th, 11-2pm for our next community gardening day! We will be clearing unsightly weeds, sweeping up leaves and painting out tagging, making it all beautiful for the West Bristol Art Trail on 13/14th October 2018.
If you brought too many shells or stones back from the beach this summer or you have broken crockery you can't bear to throw away, feel free to add to our railings rockery.
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In June 2018 we will be taking up some of the broken tiles from between the trees around the Cumberland Piazza to allow more low maintenance planting.
Weeds currently dominate these areas and it would be lovely to see a bit more variety and colour.
Here is our new master plan reflecting conversation and ideas from local people over the past year. The priority is to green the Piazza as much as possible so our plan includes more tree-planting, softening tarmac'd surfaces and increasing planters. We have grown a variety of plants and we now know what works with a minimum of watering, so we feel confident we can increase pollinators in a sustainable way. We also want to make the area a place for community activities and celebrate it's history so we're going to develop more seating, mark cycle routes, develop our Pocket Park and do some interpretation which tells the story of the Piazza and life in the street before the flyovers were built
The Cumberland Piazza is our largest local open space. Originally designed as a park by famous landscape architect, Dame Sylvia Crowe, in the 1960's, when streets, houses and even a school were knocked down to make way for the flyover, the site was neglected until recently.