All Saints Pavement Churchyard ‘Pocket Park’

One of the first areas to be included in York Civic Trust’s City Enhancement programme aimed to bring neglected and overgrown parts of the urban realm back into productive use as quiet places in the city centre to sit and reflect, to pass time or to wait for friends has been part of the Churchyard of All Saints Pavement.

BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration opening the ‘pocket park’ in May 2016

The City of York Council, the Parochial Church Council of All Saints Pavement and York Civic Trust worked together to carry out improvements to All Saints Pavement former churchyard.

Various grants and contributions to the City Enhancement Fund from the City of York Council, the Guildhall Ward Committee, the Parochial Church Council of All Saints Pavement including the legacy of Mary Clive, the Feoffees of All Saints Pavement, the Feoffees of St Crux, the Company of Merchant Adventurers of York, yhe York Guild of Building, Costa Coffee (as part of their ‘Costa in the Community’ scheme) and York Civic Trust enabled the creation of a ‘pocket park’.

The completed “pocket park” in All Saints Pavement Churchyard

Landscaping works, the erection of a wall, installing benches and flower beds in the area took place in 2016, with the plan co-ordinated by Verna Campbell of York Civic Trust. BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration opened the new All Saints Pavement park, with its blue plaque, on 31 May 2016.