Most who have visited the Eastville Library in the past probably haven’t noticed the huge garden this space provides. This garden is a space for all – places to sit and relax, a childrens natural play space, an edible & sensory garden, and enough space for outdoor activities and workshops to take place (when the British summer permits!).

Edible Garden

Our garden includes an edible garden space, where people can grow, learn how to plant and harvest, and we as a community can bring the foods inside and eat and share together! The Old Library front

Walkways and Seating

We’re also hoping to create sensory walk ways, improved paths and a wheelchair/buggy accessible garden, with improved seating, so you can enjoy your coffee and cake in our beautiful garden under the great leafy trees.


The South Lockleaze and Purdown Neighbourhood Group applied for, and was awarded a grant for developing a playground and messy play area for the neighbourhood, which we are going to be installing behind the Old Library. Perfect for families in the area, who currently have no playground in their neighbourhood, the Old Library will enable kids to play whilst parents can enjoy the company of one another in this fantastic space!

We would like to make a natural playground, with wooden features and lots of imagination thrown in. We’ll also be looking at involving local people and businesses, and local people, to help design, build and maintain the playground. Got ideas? Woodwork skills? Think you can help design the space? Or could you lead on the playground project? Perhaps you’d like to be our maintenance person (and perhaps we could help to train you?) – Just get in touch and let us know!

What else in the outdoor space?

The outdoor space at The Old Library is available for everyone to help take forwards – we’ve ideas and plans coming together, but we’d love for everyone to come together and help make this space OUR space. Take on a bed, help with hanging baskets, be our weekly leaf sweeper, help us build fencing, improve the lighting, be a garden promoter, help us come up with walks and events that promote sustainability and gardening, or help us make food from our harvest! Or perhaps you have other fantastic ideas?! Everyone is welcome, come get stuck in.