VIDEO: Kingston Pocket Park creates communal hub

In March 2019, volunteers began work creating a pocket park along the Queens Promenade in Kingston after they were given a grant by the council.

Since then, the area has been turned into a conservation and bio-diversity haven thanks, in part, to residents’ donations.

The volunteers have coined themselves the Queen’s prom friends – and often share their volunteering endeavours on social media.

Their latest work includes an information sign detailing the history and purpose of the green area.

Head volunteer Julian Meers said: “We’ve been given a lot of donations by members of the public and today was a good example.

“A gentleman wanted to commemorate his parents and his grandparents who lived very locally and we have planted a smoke bush in honor of them.

“We have lots of donations of other plants and through those donations, the pocket park has become a true community space.

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“A community park is really important, particularly in the past year.

“People needed headspace and mindfulness and to get back in touch with nature and this was a source of great solace for many people.”

Queens Prom Friends welcome people of all ages to volunteer on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

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