As part of the new Bristol Tree Pips project a new tree planting plan for Dundridge Park is to be drawn up over the next 12 months. There will then be a tree planting event in the park next winter.
The Tree Pips project is part of the Mayor’s plan to increase the tree canopy cover in Bristol and get as many school children as possible involved in planting trees.
Three of the existing trees in the park have been a cause of concern to residents for some time because they are close to properties and have now grown very large. It has been agreed by the Council that since many new trees are to be planted then these three trees can be felled. Signs have been fixed to these trees which are close to the gate into the park near Preddys Lane.
Bristol Parks and the Neighbourghood Partnership want as many residents and park users as possible to get involved in putting together the new tree plan. If you would like to volunteer to join a group to discuss the plan or have any comments about the trees in the park, please contact our Area Environment Officer, Denise James firstname.lastname@example.org
St George is blessed with some wonderful green spaces and of course the most popular (certainly the most used) is St George Park itself.
The park was established by St George Urban District Council in 1894 on what had been Fire Engine Farm. According David Lambert in the wonderful little book ‘Historic Public Parks – Bristol’ (published by the Avon Gardens Trust in 2000) its 38 acres cost £12,000. The Wain Brook flowed across the fields that were to become the park and this was used to form the lake.
You may have noticed over the past few months that there have been a series of small improvements in the park including a new notice board; new fencing which has also slightly extended the play area; community planting beds; lots of new spring bulbs and work to the basketball area to create a ‘MUGA’ or ‘Multi Use Games Area’.
Much of this has come about through the allocation of Section 106 money by the Neighbourhood Committee following discussions at the St George Environment Sub-Group. Over £50,000 has been allocated in the last 12 months. The ideas for this work have come from the Friends of St George Park who were re-launched in April last year.
The group is also working with the Council on a tree planting plan for St George Park which will see more trees planted next winter and has ideas to further improve the lake for wildlife.
If you would like to find out more about Friends of St George Park, or even better get involved and help bring further improvements, then there is a great opportunity later this month, details below.
Friends of St George Park AGM
Monday 29th April at 7pm till 9pm
The Beehive Centre, Stretford Rd.
Refreshments available from 6.30pm
- Election of new committee members
- Round up of achievements in 2012
- Update on the Environmental Project to regenerate the lake surrounding area
- Looking for new volunteers for a wide range of exciting roles
You can also visit the group’s facebook page at:
Come and join the FOSGP and help to support your local park!
The next meeting of the St George Environment Sub-Group is on Wed 27th February, 7pm at Summerhill Methodist Church.
The agenda for the meeting can be seen here: StGEnvAgenda270213
The sub-group discusses issues relating to all aspects of the environment in St George including green spaces, street cleaning and recycling. The meeting is open to all residents of St George with an interest in improving their environment.
We make recomendations on the spending of two pots of money – the first is ‘Section 106′ – this is money paid by developers building in St George and designated for spending on parks and green spaces. Over the past 18 months over £90,000 has been allocated to projects in St George by the local Councillors following recomendations by the sub-group. Projects include bins and benches in Rodney Road playing field; a new path in Troopers Hill Field (see photo) and several separate projects in St George Park, including the ‘MUGA’ described in a separate posting. If you have ideas for projects in your local green space please come and join us.
The second pot of money is the ‘Clean & Green Fund’. This is a small fund allocated to the Neighbourship Partnership to improve the appearance of the area. One of the projects we have allocated this money to is the planting of street trees to replace tree stumps which have been left when trees have had to be felled in the past. TreeBristol pay half of the cost of each replacement tree that the Neighbourhood Partnership funds. So far 7 street trees have been planted in St George using Clean & Green money. If you have ideas for other uses for this fund please let us know or come to the meeting.
As you can see from the agenda other issues for discussion include rules for fishing at St George Park and tree planting plans for parks.
If you would like to know more about the sub-group or if you can’t make the meeting but would like your views on the issues to be discussed to be considered, please email the current Environment Sub-Group champion at email@example.com