Mill Park Project

Using our nearby studio, In Bristol Studio (the permanent workplace of our collective), as a space for the local community to meet over the past 2 years, the residents of Cotton Mill Lane have played an integral role in the transformation of the park. With funding from the Arts Council, The Big Lottery Fund and Quartet, and unwavering participation from the community (especially the youngest members!) we have ran workshops to explore creative solutions to problems in the park, taken day trips to the zoo and gardens for inspiration, plated a sensory garden with the help of local children, ran after-school park clubs and organised seasonal events in the space. The result is stronger community with a park that everyone can be proud of.

Raised Beds- Planting a Sensory Garden - Sept 2018

buildings the beds
buildings the beds
filling the beds
filling the beds
all hands on deck shifting topsoil
all hands on deck shifting topsoil
carefully planting the sensory beds
carefully planting the sensory beds
planting up the sensory beds
planting up the sensory beds

After School Park Club - June- July 2018

drawing in the park
drawing in the park
giant building blocks
giant building blocks
drawing flowers
drawing flowers
drawing trees
drawing trees
drawing in the park
drawing in the park

Event days- Official Opening of the Park - April 2017

The official opening of the Park!
The official opening of the Park!
Mural painting with handmade brushes
Mural painting with handmade brushes
Playing on the stepping stones
Playing on the stepping stones
Playing on the rock monsters
Playing on the rock monsters
Everyone joining in the drumming
Everyone joining in the drumming

Out-reach Volunteering - Ongoing

Asking the community what they love
Asking the community what they love
Donated plants ready for the ground!
Donated plants ready for the ground!
Local children watering the plants
Local children watering the plants
Lunch break during gardening day
Lunch break during gardening day
Signs painted by local kids
Signs painted by local kids

Permanent Built Improvements - Feb- April 2018

A new raised path and seating area
A new raised path and seating area
New Gate and handmade Archway
New Gate and handmade Archway
Colourful concrete stepping stones
Colourful concrete stepping stones
Communal seating oak and steel bench
Communal seating oak and steel bench
Bright and playful 'monster' rocks!
Bright and playful 'monster' rocks!

Creative Workshops - Sept 2016-17

Mosaic making
Mosaic making
Block printing and Ice dying
Block printing and Ice dying
Recycled wood Bug Hotels!
Recycled wood Bug Hotels!
Recycled Plastic Flowers
Recycled Plastic Flowers
Egg Splat Painting
Egg Splat Painting

Event days- Autumn Fun Day - Oct 2016

Keeping warm with Pumpkin Soup!
Keeping warm with Pumpkin Soup!
Doughnuts on strings never gets old!
Doughnuts on strings never gets old!
Playing on wooden blocks
Playing on wooden blocks
Families designing their pumpkins
Families designing their pumpkins
Prize carved pumpkin
Prize carved pumpkin

The Beginning... Spring 2016

park plans
park plans
scrap-booking ideas!
scrap-booking ideas!
clean up team
clean up team
... and their tools!
... and their tools!
the hard work begins!
the hard work begins!