Makeover for run-down parkland
A PIECE of run-down parkland in Clifton, which had become a magnet for anti-social behaviour has been given a new lease of life.
Local police officers and Safer Bristol community safety officers teamed up with the Community Payback team to clear the piece of land between Arlington Villas and St Paul's Road. In the past the land had become a no-go area and a late-night haunt for criminals.
Properties in the area had also fallen victim to a number of burglaries – with the overgrown woodland an ideal hiding place for thieves.
Now the land has been transformed thanks to members of the community payback scheme who have spent hours clearing mountains of overgrowth.
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Work first started on the site in December with a further work day being held at the site on Saturday. As well as clearing the overgrown bushes, the team also carried out a litter pick and planted hundreds of bulbs donated by the city council.
Police and community safety officers were also on hand during the day to speak to residents in the area, offering them advice and tips on how to stay safe. It is hoped that local residents will now step forward and help care for the parkland in the future.
Safer Bristol community safety officer, Emma Martinez, said the clean up had been a real success.
She said: "A lot of work has been done and the land now looks amazing. It has made the area a far nicer place to be and we now hope that local residents will now come forward and help maintain the area and make it a safer environment for all."