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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.

Money Granted to Local Projects – Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Here is an extract of the minutes of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting of 22nd June, 2016.  Here is what was written about the Wellbeing grants that were awarded at that meeting:

1. That £500 be awarded to Cossham Road to fund hanging baskets / brackets / planters / compost / plants to enhance the whole road and to encourage all residents to participate, especially isolated and vulnerable residents.

Condition(s): Encourage other streets to follow and, if they are using social media, to publicise what they are doing and the support they are receiving from this NP.

2. That £1716 be awarded to Friends of Kingsway Youth to fund improvements to the youth group’s allotment site.

Condition(s): The amount awarded is to include the cost of securing public liability insurance but it is expected that all options will be explored to secure the most advantageous cost of this cover.  The health and safety policy must be supplied before the grant is released, plus an example of the publicity that will be used to attract volunteers to the project.

3. That £310 be awarded to Friends of Troopers Hill to fund an opening event for the new play area on Troopers Hill Field to publicise what the NP can do to help community groups to achieve their aims and explain how this project succeeded.

Condition(s): None.

4. That £1327.99  be awarded to The Hive Avon Ltd – £1327.99 to fund a laptop, projector, and iPads to extend the range of communication options for the people with learning disabilities who are supported by the Hive.

Condition(s): It is recommended that the Hive check the compatibility of the iPads with the other items of equipment prior to purchase.

5. That £487 be awarded to Summerhill Methodist Church to fund installing cycle stands for members of the public making use of the church facilities.

Condition(s): None.

6. That £2,000 be awarded to The Haven for funding towards the services of a co-ordinator to work for 2 days a week for a year to build and furnish a roundhouse and to work with a partner organisation to improve the accessibility of the Haven’s services.

Condition(s): The grant is subject to production of public liability cover and the granting of the other funds applied for.

7. That £2,120 be awarded to Crofts End church to fund a community defibrillator facility.

Condition(s): None.

It was noted that no award was recommended currently in respect of the application from Meadow Vale Community Association to fund refurbishment of the community centre.  The Wellbeing sub-group would liaise with the applicant to provide appropriate guidance and coaching in the expectation that a revised application could be submitted.

The full minutes of the meeting can be seen here.

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.

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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

Discover East Bristol

DEBThroughout 2015 members of the Partnership have been working with a team of artists to create a map showing the green spaces in St George (& Greater Fishponds) and some of the quiet links between them.

The project in funded by the Bristol 2015 Nighbourhood Arts Project with additional money coming from the Partnership’s own pot of money allocated from Bristol 2015. Greater Fishponds NP have also contributed so that the map can extend into their area.

The official launch of the map is Tuesday 8th December and copies of the map that you can pick up will soon start to appear in various places around St George.

You can see the online version of the map, which has lots of information and activity sheets to download on the new Discover East Bristol website.


Find out more about the project and theteam of artists who created the map on the Bristol 2015 website:

See a video about the production of the map on Youtube

We are also producing display copies to put up in key locations around the area.

To help promote the new map, and also the NP, Rob Acton-Campbell (NP Chair) was on the ‘One Love Breakfast’ show on 2nd December, broadcast on BCfm, Ujima Radio and Pirate Nation.

You can listen to the recording of the programme via: www.bcfmradio.com/olb – click on the 07:00 show for 02/12/2015, go direct to the interview by dragging the blue bar to 38:00 minutes in to the show.

The map was also featured in a double page spread in the Bristol Post on 3rd December along with a report about the project.


Discover East Bristol

DiscoverEastBristolOur Green Spaces Mapping project reached an important milestone today (19th August) with the launch of its own website at:


Once the project is complete this will take you to a fully interactive version of the map, but for now it has a wonderful taster illustration and a link to the green spaces survey, which is open until the end of August.

One of the artists involved, Dave Bain, and Chair of the Neighbourhood Partnership, Rob Acton-Campbell, talked about the project on the Shepherds Way show on BCFM this evening, you can hear the show via their website at bcfmradio.com/shepherdsway starting 21 minutes into the programme.

The Neighbourhood Partnership has also used some of its Green Capital funds to run a series of walks in St George Green Spaces through the year. Still to come are bat walks in Dundridge Park (Thur 10th Sept) and St George Park (Sat 12th Sept) there is also a walk exploring some of St George’s lesser known green spaces on Sunday 6th September with wildlife expert Rupert Higgins. More details here:

Explore St George’s Green Spaces

logo-bristol2015-2row-@2xThe mapping project for St George is funded by Bristol Green Capital Neighbourhood Arts Project. Greater Fishponds Neighbourhood Partnership have then added further Green Capital funding to extend the coverage to their area and St George NP will also be funding some physical works to improve access to green spaces in St George.


See our earlier posting about the project.

St George in Bloom Open Day 18th July

Take a tour of St George for a special St George in Bloom open day on Saturday July 18th 2015

OpenDayMeet our community groups and see all the exciting work they have achieved!

  • St George Park,
  • Troopers Hill,
  • Kensington Road,
  • East Bristol Allotments Association,
  • Meadowvale Community Centre Speedwell.

Site locations and details can be seen in map form here:

St George in Bloom Open Day on Google Maps


Open times on Saturday July 18th for the groups are as follows:-

Meadowvale Community Association- Speedwell 12- 4pm.

Friends of St George Park community garden 10am-12noon. Former Bandstand site.

Kensington Road Residents Association (BS5 7NB) 11am – 4pm. RHS Hampton Court 2015 community street show garden. Refreshments and Pollinators display.

East Bristol Allotments Association (St Aidan’s site) 9am-3pm
with cream teas / lunch available.

Friends of Troopers Hill 12 – 4pm. Displays, trails and workshop.
For easy access enter Malvern Road BS5 8JB.
Please note:- If raining Troopers Hill event will be cancelled

Discover all the amazing work that is being done by volunteers in St George in Green Capital Year!

Click here for news of other opportunities to explore and learn more about St George’s Green Spaces.

Find out more about St George in Bloom at www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk

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


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.

Green Capital grants for St George

In 2014 £10,000 was allocated to the St George Neighbourhood to allocate to local projects.  This was advertised with the decisions being made at the St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting on 17th December, 2014.

It had been agreed by the Neighbourhood Partnership at their September meeting that any unallocated Green Capital funding would be used for a Green Mapping project which would not only promote access to St George’s green spaces but also if, funding permitted, include improvements to their accessibility.

The applications were reviewed by the Wellbeing sub-group prior to the meeting and their recommendations included in the notes of the meeting.  The total of funding requested in applications came to more than double the amount available.

A further £10,000 was allocated to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership after the meeting of the Wellbeing sub-group but before the meeting of the Neighbourhood Partnership.

The following grants were agreed by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership on 17th December, 2014:

a) £2,871 for Friends of St George Park to to commission a management plan (£1,746) to be written for St GeorgePark and funding for associated consultation and work to meet the recommendations of the management plan.

b) £2,023 to fund 13 walks across St George, some with specialist leaders and to fund a craft or similar family activity in Dundridge Park.  Friends of Troopers Hill, Friends of St George Park and Friends of Dundridge Park will be participating in providing the walks and sourcing experts where necessary.

c)  £2,100 for the Soil Association to pay for marquee hire (£1,200) and volunteer support and training as part of the Big Picnic aimed at involving Summerhill Infants, Summerhill Academy, Two Mile Hill Primary and Air Balloon Hill Primary schools in growing projects. There will be workshops and demonstration station to engage pupils in growing and cooking.

d) £900 for the Redfest orgaisation for solar power and production for a stage and tents at next year’s Redfest which will have a theme of “Redfest Goes Green” aimed at increasing knowledge of the environment, people’s impact on it and encouraging recycling

e) £1,535 to the Haven organisation pay for gardening and woodworking equipment, web space and an open day event. The Haven is a 1.3 acre site providing a communal garden and relaxation spaces open to adults with issues surrounding mental health and/or alcohol and substance misuse.

f) £500 for the architect’s fee to include a vertical garden in the design to convert an industrial building into community-owned, affordable housing in Battens Lane.

This left £838.50 to be spent on the Green Mapping project from the first £10,000 of Green Capital Funding.

Two applications were rejected but it was agreed that the applicants be invited to re-apply for the additional Green Capital funding by 12th January 2015 with the decision to be made at the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting of 25th March 2015.

The two applications were from:

a) Summerhill Infants School for £5,000 to redesign the school’s allotment area (£4,500) which is currently contaminated with glass and to supply seeds, tools, etc.

b) Protect a Pup for £4,868,88 to provide low cost/free dog
neutering or spaying (£3,500) and set up information stalls and distribute leaflets and dog waste bags to encourage responsible dog ownership.

By 25th March, 2015, Summerhill Infants School made no reply to questions raised at and prior to  the December meeting so this application was not taken forward.

The  Protect a Pup application was discussed in some detail at the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting of 25th March, 2015 and a majority vote of Neighbourhood Partnership members decided that a grant would not be made.

The Partnership agreed that the remaining funds, £10,838.50, would be allocated to the Bristol East Green Map project which aims to improve walking routes and access to green spaces.