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Improving Parks & Play Areas

This year has seen a huge amount of work done to improve parks & green spaces in St George.

celebrate37This has been achieved by St George Neighbourhood Partnership, Bristol Parks and park groups working together to raise funding to address priorities set in the St George Neighbourhood Plan.

The highlight has been work to create three new play areas, but there has also been work to improve paths and entrances. More work is planned this winter to repair the walls to St George Park Lake.

St George Neighbourhood Partnership contributed £10,000 from its budget to pay for a fundraiser to help raise money for Dundridge and Meadow Vale Parks and through the Neighbourhood Committee has allocated over £90,000 of Section 106 money for work in parks that has been spent this year.

Grants raised with the help of our fundraiser amount to over £175,000 and Friends of Troopers Hill raised another £70,000 – together with Bristol Parks contribution through their Parks Access and Play Funds this means well over £400,000 has been invested in St George’s parks in the last 12 months.

Here is an update on progress since we last reported on this in July.

Meadow Vale Park

14595695_1199574136803616_8190594127993366833_nPath – First the entrance at Speedwell Road was improved and then the narrow and cracked path was widened and resurfaced (you can now walk three abreast). This was funded from Bristol Parks Access Fund.

Play Area – Working with our fundraiser and using some of the Section 106 money as match funding; Meadow Vale Community Association raised funding for a new play area from Cory Environmental Trust and the John James Bristol Foundation. The play area has now been completed and the official opening will be held next month.

14937451_1205871546173875_1133658307099231329_nNear the play area there is also the Meadow Vale spider that was built with the help of local young people and funded by Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust.

Meadow Vale Community Association are now working towards their next major project, which is to significantly extend the Community Centre. They also intend to install floodlighting to the ‘MUGA’ (surfaced basketball court) in the park.

Dundridge Park

14963145_1785186721748928_2504114571845984178_nThree projects supported by St George NP through the help of our fundraiser and match funding are now almost complete at Dundridge.

First a new path was constructed to the existing play area (with funding from Tesco Bags of Help). Next was the ‘Path to Nature’ to link the pavilion area to the woodland path to Conham, this was funded by Cory Environmental Trust.

Finally Friends of Dundridge Park worked with the fundraiser to apply to Suez Communities Trust for funds to extend the play area and this work is now nearly complete.

A fourth project for a pond and maintenance to the deer path in Conham Woodland at the edge of Dundridge Park has also now received funding from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust, this work will be carried out next year.

For the latest news from Dundridge Park see their facebook group.

Troopers Hill Field

celebrate50The completion of the new play area for Troopers Hill Field was marked in style last month with a procession from the chimney led by bagpipes and drums.

Funding for the play area was raised by Friends of Troopers Hill from Suez Communities Trust and Veolia Environmental Trust with match funding from Section 106. The NP also funded the celebration event through the wellbeing fund.

Details of the project including photographs and videos from the opening ceremony can be seen at www.troopers-hill.org.uk/play

Plummers Hill

Following the tree planting, new entrance and new bench that were installed in the spring, further works have ben carried out this month to complete the entrance and the path through the site will be resurfaced soon. This is all being funded from the Bristol Parks Access Fund.

Gladstone Street Park

St George NP allocated Section 106 money to remove the redundant safety surfacing in this space (from an old play area) and this has now been done along with work funded by the Bristol Parks Access Fund to improve the paths across the space.

Friends of Gladstone Street Park are planning events and more improvements for the future.

St George Park

Play Area – Work was carried out in the summer to replace the safety surfacing and rebuild part of the Dragon head. The work took longer than initially hoped but has now all been completed. This work was funded by Bristol Parks Play fund and is part of a programme of work to address issues at play areas throughout Bristol.

20160209_124724St George Park Lake – Part of the path around the lake was closed earlier this year because of a structural failure of the lake walls.

As we reported at the time repairs to the walls will need to the lake to be drained again and so could not be carried out during the summer. Bristol Parks are now planning to carry out the works this winter, more details will be posted on this website once the details and timing have been finalised.

new bpf logo with text 2A full list of investment projects in parks across Bristol can be downloaded from the Bristol Parks Forum website.

Dundridge Park – Work Starts

Great news from Dundridge Park that the first of 3 funded projects is under way.

Work in progressThere is now a new path from the chicane gate to the proposed new play area. This was one of 1170 community group projects funded by Tesco’s Bags Of Help Scheme.

Completed PathNext will be a ‘Wildlife Path’ from the Football Clubhouse down to the steps leading to Conham Vale. New Interpretation Boards and sleeper benches will be installed as part of the work. Funding of over £33,000 has been secured for this project thanks to the generosity of CORY Environmental Trust. The work should take place July/August.

The third project is for the existing play area to be upgraded and expanded probably at the end of the summer. Tenders are due to be evaluated and a contractor /supplier chosen later this month. Sita Trust have generously awarded over £47,000 toward the cost of this project.

The grants at Dundridge Park were secured through Friends Of Dundridge Park working with a fundraiser funded by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and S106 money for match funding again from the NP.

Friends of Dundridge Park would like thank Bristol City Council and the Neighbourhood Partnership for their recent additional funding and ongoing help and support.

Money was allocated to these projects by the Neighbourhood Partnership because improving access to our wonderful green spaces and improving the play areas in them are priorities in the St George Neighbourhood Plan. As well as these projects at Dundridge work will also start later this year on St George Neighbourhood Partnership supported projects for new play facilities at Troopers Hill Field and Meadow Vale – watch this space! There has also been recent work to improve entrances to green spaces at Plummers Hill, Rodney Road and Meadow Vale.

If you have ideas for projects that should be included as future priorities then please come along to our next Neighbourhood Forum on Tuesday 9th August at Summerhill Methodist Church.

Improving Green Spaces in St George

There has been a lot happening in St George’s green spaces over the past couple of months:

Successful Grant Applications

Initial1Last month, Troopers Hill Field and Dundridge Park both received grant awards for improved play areas from SITA Trust.

This month there is more good news from Dundridge Park with grants from Cory Environmental Trust and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

There is also good news for Meadow Vale, which has also received a grant from Cory Environmental Trust for new play facilities. This is an award of nearly £50,000 for installing a Natural Play Area adjacent to the neighbouring Children’s Centre. This is planned to include log and net jungle climbing facilities; a play mound with wide slide; stepping logs and boulders.

The grants for Meadow Vale & Dundridge were secured through Friends of Dundridge Park and Meadow Vale Community Association working with a fundraiser paid for by St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

One Tree per ChildTree Planting

Trough One Tree per Child Bristol new trees have been planted this winter in St George Park, Dundridge Park, Troopers Hill Field and Plummers Hill.

2016_0219_134037At Plummers Hill a new carved bench was also installed in memory of Becky Watts, the Neighbourhood Partnership part funded this by donating funds that could otherwise have paid for a standard park bench.

Improved Entrances

Rodney RoadWork has also been going on at Meadow Vale, Plummers Hill and Rodney Road to install new entrances. The work at Plummers Hill and Meadow Vale was funded by Bristol Parks, while that at Rodney Road is being paid for by ‘Section 106′ money allocated by the Partnership.

More Improvements?

All these improvements relate to priorities in the St George Neighbourhood Plan. At the Environment sub-group meeting on Thursday 3rd March we will be discussing updates to the Environment section of the plan, if there are improvements you would like to see to your local space then please come along.

Details of all St George Neighbourhood Partnership meetings can be seen at www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings

You can find the locations for all the green spaces in St George on the Discover East Bristol Map

Support Dundridge Park

Following the news of grant from SITA Trust for the play area in Dundridge Park that was announced last month there is more good news to report – and you can help make it even better!

Img_0057Friends Of Dundridge Park have been chosen as one of the three projects in this region’s public vote for the Tesco Bags of Help initiative administered by Groundwork.

The project is to build a new path to the proposed new play area that will be suitable for all including push chairs, buggies and mobility scooters.

The public vote in local Tesco stores runs from 27 February until 6 March and will decide whether Dundridge will receive the £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000 award. All local Tesco Stores that show the Bags Of Help logo will be taking part including Metro and Express stores.

2016_0219_124633Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch the Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme will see 3 community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across England and Wales awarded grants all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Please encourage friends and family to vote in Tesco’s to support the Dundridge Park project and share on social media outlets such as Twitter using the hashtag #BagsofHelp

BUT the good news does not stop there…

Friends of Dundridge Park have also been awarded a grant of £33,511 from Cory Environmental Trust for a Wildlife Path to link the pavilion to the deer path.

AND Cory Environmental Trust have also awarded a grant for play facilities in Meadow Vale, look out for more news about that soon.

These grants have all been secured through Friends of Dundridge Park and Meadow Vale Community Association working with a fundraiser paid for by St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

You Said – We Did – February 2016

Every quarter there is a Neighbourhood Forum meeting open to all residents of St George to bring local issues to council officers and police.  An action tracker is kept of the issues raised at the each meeting and a record kept of what has been done about them.

For this meeting on Tuesday 9th February, 2016, chaired by Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, the meeting started with a tribute to Councillor Ron Stone, who died just before Christmas, from Grenville Johnson.  Grenville also asked for ideas to be shared about a permanent memorial for Ron and volunteers to help the task group collating those ideas.

After a round of applause the meeting continued with different speakers invited to the meeting to talk about issues that are of interest to the neighbourhood.  These were:

i) Community Access Support Services – Anna Balcerek

The Community Access Support Service is a new 5 year project based at the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in Barton Hill.  If the project is successful it will roll out across the country.

The project is very much about initiating conversations about mental health and working with community groups to provide what they need to address mental health issues. This could include signposting to services, collating feedback on the service provided to those in the community with mental health issues so those services can be improved or explaining what mental health services are available.

Community Access Support Services would like to talk to all community groups but have a particular interest in establishing links with faith leaders.

Time To Talk Day was on 4th February and encouraged conversations about mental health.  There are still a number of Time to Talk events in Bristol planned on the same theme.

ii) Update on Parks and Green Spaces – Richard Fletcher

Richard is Bristol City Council’s Area Manager, Parks and Caretaking, Central and East, covering an area from Clifton to Fishponds and St George.

He shared news of

– play area improvements in St George Park
– work to stop cyclists riding over the bandstand in St George Park
– improving the entrance to Plummers Hill from Naseby Walk
– improving entrances to Meadow Vale Park

There has been a particular concentration on entrances to parks because unwelcoming entrances mean people do not use parks and gain all the benefits they provide.

Richard also gave a brief summary of the 24 byelaws that are proposed and recommended that people respond to the consultation.  The byelaws  would cover just over 200 of the more than 400 green spaces managed by Bristol Parks.  The consultation,the list of green spaces affected and the full wording of the byelaws can be found on www.bristol.gov.uk/parkbyelaws

The wording of the byelaws is defined by government.  The byelaws are already in use in many councils.  The spaces to apply these byelaws have been chosen because of reports recorded by police and Bristol City Council and problems affecting those sites that could be addressed by byelaws.

In answer to a question Richard confirmed that the proposed byelaws would not prevent blackberrying, contrary to media reports.

A representative of Friends of Troopers Hill encouraged support of the byelaws to protect Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve from fire and  irresponsible foraging, both of which impact wildlife sources of food and habitat.

A question was raised about whether the work done on creating an excellent archway entrance to Canford Park could be replicated in St George.  Richard explained that the funding for this came from a pot of money made available some years ago where councillors made suggestions for its use in parks.  Canford Park entrance was one of the approved schemes as was the multi-use games area in St George Park.

An update was asked about the lake in St George Park.  The fish have been removed and the walls of the lake have been inspected.   A further inspection by a civil engineer is required.  In the meantime some sections of path are protected from use because of concerns about their stability.

Rob Acton-Campbell added the news that Friends of Dundridge Park, Meadow Vale and Friends of Troopers Hill have all recently been awarded nationally funded grants for play area.  More news will be published on this website soon.  Here is the earlier news about the first grants awarded.

iii) Crime and Local Policing Update – PC Matt Clements

A new sergeant has been appointed, Sgt Hillier.  Matt’s perception of anti-social behaviour in the last 3 months is that it has reduced but there was an expected spike at Hallowe’en.

A particular target for thieves recently has been car keys, often left hung up just inside the front door of people’s homes.  When burglaries occur the thieves will just take the keys and leave with the stolen goods in the household’s car.

Problems with mopeds have reduced.  A new chicane, installed by Bristol City Council on Crown Hill has been very helpful.

The front office at Fishponds police station is still open, manned by clerical staff.

iv) Wellbeing Grants

Representatives of 3 groups who had received different levels of Wellbeing funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership recounted their experience of applying for Wellbeing funding and encouraged others to apply.  They were on hand during the break for further help and advice together with Susan Acton-Campbell, the Wellbeing Champion.

a) Redfest – Dominik Ljubic

Redfest provides an annual music and arts festival in St George Park. The event started with music in pubs, film shows and other small scale activities.  Redfest’s first Wellbeing grant was £240 in 2011 for a very small stage.  The event has grown and so has the size of the stage, which the Wellbeing grant has continued to support.  The Wellbeing grant is only one of many sources of money funding this free event that is much enjoyed by local people.

b) St Aidan’s Church – Jim Donaldson

St Aidan’s Church has applied for a number of small grants since 2010.  Jim told of the heavy, awkward trestle tables the church used to have to use for community events.  Thanks to funding lightweight but sturdy folding tables have been bought in two rounds of funding.  Jim emphasised the easy of making the application and the importance of returning the monitoring form at the end of the project.

He also took the opportunity to promote the St George Community Fair, showcasing many local community and volunteer groups.  The printing of publicity flyers and posters for this event has also been funded by a Wellbeing grant.  Jim proudly displayed a flyer pointing out the acknowledgement of the funding coming from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.  The St George Neighbourhood Partnership will be represented at the St George Community Fair which will take place in St Aidan’s Church and church hall on Saturday 12th March, from 11am-2pm.

c) Playing Out – Jacks Jarrett

Jacks described the important of the grant Playing Out received from the Wellbeing fund to train local people as “activators” helping people to find out what Playing Out involved, advising about street closures, activities and much more.  She described the benefits of Playing Out in her own street where not only do children have the opportunity to play in the street but residents have a chance to get to know each other, so that, when Jacks’ oven broke down partway through cooking a meal she had no qualms in asking a neighbour if she could use their oven.

v) St George in Bloom – Grenville Johnson

Grenville Johnson shared the story of the founding of the St George in Bloom group and the success the group has achieved, supported by other community groups, with awards from South West in Bloom and their entry at a national level in Britain in Bloom

He described the planned judging route and appealed for volunteers to help the committee.    St George in Bloom can be contacted using this email address:info@stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk or telephoning 01179496788

The St George in Bloom website provides news updates  www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk
as does Facebook:- www.facebook.com/stgeorgeinbloom

vi) Spring Bling – Gill Calloway

Gill, Neighbourhood Officer for St George, announced a Spring Bling initiative.  This is aimed at making our streets and green spaces look better.  Gill has created newsletters giving advice on where to get help to address issues ranging from bulky waste and elderly people with overgrown gardens to graffiti.

She encouraged making use of Keep Britain Tidy’s initiative of “Clean for the Queen” which links to the Queen’s birthday in March.

Spring Bling is working in partnership with St George in Bloom.  All are encouraged to enter one of the St George in Bloom categories which range from the best house frontage to best children’s display.  If you know someone with a lovely garden, balcony display or other special growing area, encourage them to enter.

There will also be a “Walk to School Tidy Up”.

Issues raised at the “Marketpace”

The marketplace is the break that takes places after the speakers’ session.  There are tables to visit to raise environment and traffic, to talk to the police, find out about grants and talk to the organisations represented by that night’s speakers.

Issues included:

– a cracked footpath in the park area at Meg Thatchers
– dog mess and litter on the lane from Tesco to Air Balloon Hill Primary School
– drug dealing
– the dropped kerb on Dundridge Lane that has not be completed
– the builders’ storage area that has been left in the green space at Terrell Gardens
– the unwelcoming entrance from Cecil Ave to Plummers Hill Open Space

Finally

Please do not wait for a forum to report simple issues that can be reported online or by phone.  Please do make use of “Report It!”, the tab at the top right of this page.  The best way we can use Neighbourhood Forum time is raising more difficult issues.

3 grants were awarded at the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting.   The next closing date to apply for a Wellbeing grant can be  seen is Monday 25th AprilFebruary 2016.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 10th May, 2016 at Summerhill Methodist Church.

If you have an idea for a subject to be spoken about that is of local interest contact our Neighbourhood Partnership Co-ordinator, 
Abdulrazak Dahir, coordinator@stgeorgenp.org.uk, telephone 0117 903 6409.

 

 

Mayor’s Visit to St George

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George Ferguson CBE, Mayor of Bristol, visited various places within St George on Friday 30 October at the invitation of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

His visit to St George NP area started at the junction of Lyppiatt Road and Church Road, where he discussed with local residents the concerns they have about heavy goods vehicles using Lyppiatt Road, inconsiderate parking and speeding cars.

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His next stop was in Gladstone Street where he learnt of plans to improve this small park area.

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From there he moved on to Meadow Vale Community Centre in Speedwell where he learnt of plans for a new community building for the area.

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He also saw a mural painted by young people the day before on a concrete wall at the edge of the adjacent park. The painting project was organised by Young Bristol using Green Capital 2015 funding to brighten up the park.

At Dundridge Park the Mayor saw at first hand the deteriorating condition of ‘The Pavilion’ which is used as changing facilities for football matches.

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A representative of a local Community Speed Watch scheme met the Mayor on Crews Hole Road where traffic speed and volume was discussed.  The Mayor was also shown the plans that have been produced to improve cycling provision and road safety on this route.

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The centre piece for the St George area is a large Victorian park; St George Park.  Here the Mayor met with members of the Friends of St George Park, where they discussed the ongoing issues being caused by fishing in the park and the impact this was having on birds using the park lake.

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The final stop on the Mayor’s tour of St George was to the library in St George Park where the Mayor discussed the services provided at the library and the potential to make the library more of a community hub.  At the library, there was also the opportunity to meet with members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership where a variety of issues affecting the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area was discussed.

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Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, commented “It was useful to be able to show George some of the issues of concern to residents in the St George NP area.  Many of these issues have been ongoing for some time, and we hope that by the Mayor seeing the issues himself it will help to bring them to a resolution.”

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, explained: “It is always useful to me to be able witness on the ground some of the local concerns and aspirations. Members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and others were able to voice their concerns about an extensive range of issues in the St George area, including transport, parks, playgrounds and libraries. I have taken full note and shall do all I can to enable the Council to address the issues where practically possible in stringent times.”

Following the vist, Mayor George Fergusson sent a letter of thanks to the Neighbourhood Partnership Chair which was read out at the NP meeting on 16th December.
Letter from Mayor George Fergusson
Schedule of action points

The Mayor’s visit to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area was part of a series of visits to each of the 14 Neighbourhood Partnership areas in the city.

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Fundraiser Sought

St George Neighbourhood Partnership has recently awarded some funding to engage a Freelance Fundraising Consultant. The Consultant will work with Meadow Vale Community Association/Steering Group and Friends of Dundridge Park to secure match funding for the following local community projects:
– Meadowvale Community Centre
– Meadowvale Green Plan and
– Children Play facility for Dundridge Park

Full information available here

Better Play in St George parks

One of the priorities in The St George Neighbourhood Plan is that St George should have good quality children’s play areas close to all residents.

The Partnership can work with Bristol Parks and other parts of the Council to help local residents who want to see their local play areas improved.

As a first stage advice and assistance (such as printing and the provision of freepost envelopes) can be given to carry out consultations to find out what type of play equipment is most wanted. The Partnership can then provide further support in applying for grants and getting detailed designs drawn up, and has some small sums of money in its control that it can allocate to be used as seed money or match funding.

There are four areas of St George where groups of residents are actively involved in trying to improve their local play area.

Initial1sqAt Troopers Hill Field there is currently a solitary 1970s slide and some climbing logs that were installed in 2009. With the support of the Partnership and Bristol Parks, Friends of Troopers Hill are runnng a consultation that is open until Monday 1st June to establish whether local people would support a new play area in the Field. Find out more and respond to the consultation here. If there is sufficient support then the group will work towards getting a finalised design and applying for grants. The Neighbourhood Partnership has allocated £15,000 of Section 106 money to this project which the group aims to use as ‘match funding’.

2014_1213_130806Meanwhile Friends of Dundridge Park will soon be holding a similar consutation about expanding their play area and another £15,000 of Section 106 money has also been allocated here. Local residents at Dundridge first contacted the Partnership when the swings in the park had to be removed for safety reasons last year. The swings have now been replaced but there is a demand for more play equipment to be installed, particularly for older children.

At Meadow Vale there is a long term project being progressed by Meadow Vale Community Association to expand the Community Centre and to improve facilities in the adjacent park at the same time, including adding play equipment for children of a range of ages. We hope to be able to post more details of this exciting project soon.

11026016_945223228843650_2852842197934880830_nIn St George Park the play area was rebuilt in 2009 with the design representing a dragon based on ideas from local children. The two plastic slides that form the dragon’s nostrils are currently out of use due to vandalism and need to be replaced. Bristol Parks are trying to source suitable replacements that will be more robust. As a result of the prolonged closure of the slides a facebook group was set up to campaign for improvements to the play area. Initial discussions have now been held between members of that group, Friends of St George Park, Bristol Park’s play officer and representatives of the Partnership about how we can work together to bring about enhancements to the play area as part of the Friends of St George Park overall vision for improving the park.

St George Neighbourhood Partnership would also like to hear from any residents near Colebrook Road who might be interested in getting involved with improving the play area there.

Explore St George’s Green Spaces

A series of walks for 2015 in St George to highlight green spaces on your doorstep.

Supported by St George Neighbourhood Partnership Bristol Green Capital Fund

These walks aim to inspire and educate people about the green spaces in St George.

Leaflets with details will be available at the St George Community Fair on Saturday 7th March at St Aidan’s and at events and meetings in St George through the year. You can also download a copy here:

Explore St George’s Green Spaces – walk leaflet

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The walks are being organised by Friends of Troopers Hill, Friends of St George Park and Friends of Dundridge Park.

Walk & Event listing:

Troopers Hill (4 walks):
Organised by Friends of Troopers Hill
Heathland Walk* – Thurdsday 16th July 7pm;
Bugs & Beasties Hunt – Saturday 8h August 4pm;
Fungi Foray* Sunday 1st November 10.30am;
Geology Walk* – Sunday 29th November 2pm;

North St George:
Organised by Friends of Troopers Hill
Walk to explore Plummers Hill, Meadow Vale, Rodney Rd, Primrose Lane & Colebrook Road and their wildlife*
Sunday 6th September 10.30am

Avon Valley:
Organised by Friends of Troopers Hill
Walk from looking at river wildlife, also visiting Dundridge & Troopers Hill*
Sunday 17th May 10.am

Dundridge Park (3 walks/events):
Organised by Friends of Dundridge Park
Dawn Chorus walk Saturday 18th April 5.30am;
Family Funday at Dundridge Park Saturday 11th July;
Bat Walk Thursday 10th September.

St George Park (4 walks)
Organised by Friends of St George Park
Dawn Chorus Walk Saturday 4th April 6.30am
History Walk with Barton Hill History Group 15th July 7.30pm
Wildlife area walk with Avon Wildlife Trust 8th August 11.00am
Bat walk Saturday 12th September 7.15pm

*These walks require prior booking, for more details see the Friends of Troopers Hill website.

Dundridge Park Swings Replaced

2014_1213_130806Work to replace the swings in Dundridge Park has now been completed.

As we reported here they were removed without notice earlier this year due to the frame having been found to be unsafe.

A number of people attended the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting in March to raise this issue and as a result a new Friends of Dundridge Park group has been formed. This group will help to ensure that the park is well maintained and will work with Bristol Parks and the Neighbourhood Partnership to raise funds for improvements. They are currently discussing plans to extend the play area and when a new design is agreed will be looking at ways to raise the necessary fuunding.

The group has already been successful in winning a grant from the Neighbourhood Partnership wellbeing fund to repair the steps on the ‘deer path’ through Conham Woods and Bristol Parks are due to repair the other set of steps into Conham Vale.

Recently at the group’s request the Neighbourhood Partnership has also organised Community Payback to visit the park to cut back the scrub along the path on the western edge of the park.

2014_1213_130952Another improvement has been the new entrance chicane from Dudridge Lane for which the Neighbourhood Partnership allocated ‘section 106′ funding. The Council’s highways department will complete this work by installing drop kerbs to make it easier for parents with buggies to cross the road.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Friends of Dundridge Park then look for notices in the park advertising their meetings. You can also visit their facebook group and they will also be launching a new website soon.