Cemetery transformation

A £390,000 transformation of a Bristol cemetery delivered by Places for People, a local housing provider, and Bristol City Council has been shortlisted for a prestigious landscaping award
The project designed by New Leaf Studio Landscape Architects is up against 24 other projects for the Landscape Institute President’s Award for the landscape improvements of Brunswick cemetery in St Pauls, Bristol.
Brunswick Cemetery Gardens once had some of the most significant antisocial behaviour and sex and drug litter issues recorded in Bristol. By 2006 the site had a high incidence of anti–social behaviour and had low levels of community use.
The landscaping of Brunswick Cemetery Gardens was part of a national £16m Big Lottery backed project which saw Places for People improve the green space in 84 communities.
Work in Brunswick Cemetery included planting, carefully laid out paths and paved areas and entrances that improve circulation and visibility. Brunswick Cemetery is also an urban wildlife haven and planting was designed to be attractive to insect life and to help create a variety of cover for birds and other wildlife.
Andrew King, Partner at New Leaf Studio said:
“We’re very happy to learn that our design for Brunswick Cemetery Gardens has been shortlisted for the 2012 Landscape Institute Awards.
“The project faced several challenges that included working around listed heritage structures, but we managed to achieve positive outcomes as the improvements have been well received by local people and there has been less anti – social and illegal activities.”
The winners of the Landscape Institute Awards will be presented on the 29 November at a ceremony in London.

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