We gathered as a community to clear up rubbish, pull out old mishapen bushes and plant some spring bulbs. Neil Burwell from Bristol city council came to help, along with some local PCSO's from the area.
Kerry Russell from In Bristol Studios ran a mosaic making workshop for residents to make mosaic numbers for their houses as a symbol of unity, and as a fun activity where everyone had the opportunity to get to know their nieghbours better. Everyone enjoyed it so much they would like to include some mosaic work in the park!
Dee Moxon from In Bristol Studios ran a Christmas wreath making workshop, with funds from a local Neighbourhood Wellbeing grant. We collected ivy and dogwood from the local area and had a great time.
With help from our local Wellbeing Grant, we were able to make and install some fantstic festive decorations in the space. We invited local resdients to a Festive Forest Evening that included music from local muscian David Mowat. We made mulled wine & hot chocolate and had a fire. The event was an amazing oppertunity to showcase the potential of the community space, and everyone was uplifted by the decorations around the area for two months over the winter period. People particularly liked the wooden snowflakes on the fence & the fairy lights in the trees - it has given us lots of ideas for future seasonal activties.
To Celebrate our success with DCLG Pocket Parks funding and to start the process of Mill Park coming into fuition we held an Easter feast at the studio. Everyone was invited and brought along food to share. We made a giant egg splat painting to go on a wall by the space and In Bristol Studio Artist Bianca Pardhy-Avis started work on a decorative hazel arch to go into the space where a new gate will eventually be sited. Eggcellent fun all round!
Officers from the Barton Hill neighbourhood team lent their support to a community project aimed at transforming a piece of land into a 'pocket park' for local residents and families to enjoy. Local officers helped to clear the space ready for the next phase of development.
The Pedley Medley Parade was organised by Phoenix 52 Arts. The Mill Park Project was given some funding to create two floats to take part in the parade. We also held a family decorate your bike/buggy day at In Bristol Studios, where we met some new faces and enjoyed a great day.
The whole community got together to celebrate Halloween. We were very lucky with the weather and everyone got stuck in to play games and carve pumpkins.
Our open day for Mill Park was a huge success. We saw over 150 visitors and everyone had a great time.