We are setting up a 'Friends' group to meet for gardening days, plan local events and share ideas and aspirations for this community space. The Friends group might also like to join in conversations about longer term developments that the council are consulting on. Follow this link to receive regular news and invitations.
We're welcoming any locals but if you have friends or family you think might be interested they are welcome. Our first event is Sunday 19th May 12-4pm opposite the Rose of Denmark pub. We'll be filling our new planters and doing some general gardening and chatting. Cake provided!
Please bring something to drink as we have no water onsite
Contact [email protected] if you have any questions
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
Sylvia Crowe designed the Cumberland Piazza as part of a much bigger landscaped scheme covering all the Ashton and Hotwells flyover. She explored many ideas about play and leisure that were cutting edge in the 1960s. One of the ideas for the Piazza was that people could sit and watch the boats coming in and out of Bristol Harbour. there were so many things she couldn't have known about that have arisen as major concerns in the intervening years. Although we can still watch the boats come and go from our new pocket park, we often watch through a haze of speeding cars- who knew in the 1960s that traffic levels would quadruple within 50 years?