In March, I was invited to come to the Queens Promenade Pocket Park to gather some information for my dissertation project. My project is about pocket parks and small urban green-spaces, and exploring the benefits of these for people and the environment.
Everyone at the park was so welcoming and Julian gave me a tour of the park, explaining the history of the park and how it has developed over time. The work of all the volunteers has transformed this space from an unused, abandoned piece of land, to a friendly, colourful park which has many benefits. It was so great to see so many different types of plants and flowers at the park, it really makes the promenade come alive!
I was able to ask some of the volunteers some questions about the park, and why they enjoy spending time and gardening here. I really was able to get the sense that this park means a lot to the community and the people who use it, and would recommend others to go and check out the park and potentially volunteer as well! Thanks again to Julian and all the volunteers for making my morning at the Queens Promenade interesting and enjoyable!
This was contributed by Anna Whittle, a final year Geography student, who is writing her dissertation on Pocket Parks.