Somerset Art Works successfully gained a Pocket Park grant to work with the communities of North Taunton and Taunton Deane Borough Council to improve and refresh a run-down play area known locally as ‘The Cage’. Through wildlife-friendly planting and community engagement activities we hope to transform an ugly, underused public space into somewhere that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all ages.
A short video documenting the transformation from ‘Cage’ to Pocket Park.
Quotes from students:
“ I’ve never been here before, I’m going to bring my Mum up to show her how nice we’re making it”
“I’m going to walk home this way after school some days and see how everything is getting on”
More than 80 unloved and neglected urban spaces across the country will be transformed into green oases for everyone to use, thanks to a share of a £1.5 million dedicated fund. Increasing the availability of green space draws more people outside, giving residents, particularly in urban areas without gardens of their own, more space to relax, get together with their neighbours, grow food and provide a safe space for their children to play.
Communities Secretary, Greg Clark, said:
“Parks and green spaces breathe life into our bustling towns and cities providing communities with precious spaces to get together, exercise and play.
Our funding will benefit urban areas with few green spaces, delivering on the government’s manifesto commitment to deliver pocket parks across our country.
These winning bids all have a strong community focus at the core of their plans and their designers have thought up highly creative ideas to turn unloved urban spaces into the green lungs of their communities that will be enjoyed for years to come.”
Somerset Art Works is delighted to gain further funding from the Postcode Local Trust to enable more community improvements at the Blackthorn Gardens Pocket Park in 2017. Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk
Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. SAW’s application resulted in an award of £1,900 from the Trust to provide metal seating and contribute towards the costs of plants and planting activities www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk
A SAW bid to the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust resulted in a £1000 grant towards the new Pocket Park. The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset in order to enable communities to come together and tackle issues in their local area.
With thanks to Somerset Wildlife Trust Routes to the River Tone project for advice and financial contribution towards wildlife-friendly plants for the Pocket Park.
Thanks to the North Taunton One Team for sponsoring refreshments for community events.