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Construction of the Chocolate Garden, a derelict space on the Bournville Estate in Weston-super-Mare was completed with the official opening of the park taking place in April 2011. 

AFLA Ltd was originally appointed in 2008 to provide concept sketch ideas for this open space, sited on a former public convenience and parking lot.  Successful funding has enabled this project to develop fully through from the design to the construction stage. Originally planned as a local community self-build project, the design needed to be simple, engaging yet frivolous.  Design features include smarties made from steel and coloured perspex, footpaths incorporating chocolate swirls, facsimile chocolate signage and an artist designed mural. 

In September 2012, the Chocolate Garden won a top prize in the South West in Bloom Awards. The volunteer-run garden was been awarded the prestigious Gordon Ford Trophy for the Best Neighbour category, which focuses on community involvement and environmental responsibility as well as gardening skills.

To download a postcard showcasing this project, please click on the following links:
Spring 2013 postcard (PDF - 1.9mb)
Revitalising derelict space: The Chocolate Garden - November 2011 (PDF - 232kb)
The Chocolate Garden - May 2010 (PDF - 1.8mb)