Frog Marsh at Bannerman Road Community Academy

The important role played by pupils at Bannerman Road Community Academy in improving their neighbourhood has been highlighted in a fun video animation.

After a road near their school in Easton was closed to traffic, the children worked with an artist to transform it into a safe space where they could play and the community could gather.

The area, named Frog Marsh by the children, includes improved lighting and signage, a ‘museum of bollards’ and a large area of colourful road surface. Frog Marsh is regularly used by local groups as well as by the school.

The artist, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, said: “The area can be supervised by teachers while giving children a sense that they are in a public space with a different set of responsibilities.”

Lucy Badrocke, from the Friends of Bannerman group which successfully sought funding from the Road Safety Trust for the project, said it was helping children understand their role in the community.

Sustainable transport charity Sustrans said: “The changes to this junction have created a safer space for children, families and residents to walk and cycle through. Frog Marsh has eliminated a local rat run, reduced traffic speeds and increased space for play near the school.”


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