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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.

Road Humps & Parking Restrictions – Troopers Hill Road Area

roadhumpsIn October 2015, Bristol City Council consulted on a scheme to introduce speed reducing measures and pedestrian improvements on Troopers Hill Road. After consideration of the responses, this has now moved on to a formal consultation on the introduction of the necessary ‘Traffic Regulation Orders’ (TRO).

You can see the updated plans and details of how to respond to the consultation that runs from Thursday 27 October 2016 to Friday 18 November 2016 on the Council’s website via the link below:


Note – there are three separate sections to the TRO – parts A, B & C.

For Troopers Hill Road part A is for parking restrictions and part C is for speed humps etc, you need to look at both to get the full picture.

Part B is for other parking restrictions on roads around the Kingsway.

Safety of pedestrians using the entrances to the Hill from Troopers Hill Road has been a concern of local residents for many years, particularly due to poor visibility for those leaving the site.

The Council has accepted that pedestrian links to and from the Hill are poor and as part of the proposed scheme they are suggesting the introduction of short lengths of footway on the Hill side of the road at these locations. The proposals also include various speed reducing measures in the form of road humps and making the road narrower at certain key points.

Funding for this scheme is from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and was awarded in September 2012 following an application by members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Traffic & Transport sub-group in July 2012.

St George in Bloom and St. George community groups scoop top RHS Britain in Bloom awards

Update Fri 14th October:
St George in Bloom won Silver in the Urban Category of 2016 Britain in Bloom Awards. The certificate was awarded at the national RHS Britain in Bloom award ceremony in Birmingham this evening.

At the awards ceremony held today on Thursday 6th October 2016 and hosted by RHS Britain in Bloom South West at Taunton Cricket ground, representatives from St. George in Bloom and community groups from St. George received the following awards.

St. George in Bloom received GOLD in the Pennant town / city category for the third consecutive year.

The following local community groups also received the following RHS ‘It’s your Neighbourhood’ awards:-

Bristol East Allotments group received OUTSTANDING

St Aidan’s Allotments in St. George received OUTSTANDING

Friends of Troopers Hill received OUTSTANDING

Kensington Road Residents Association received OUTSTANDING

Friends of Kingsway Youth “Hope for the future” received THRIVING

In addition, Air Balloon Hill Primary School in St. George received the Clem Preece Memorial cup for an outstanding effort by a school in promoting South West in Bloom and Friends of Troopers Hill received The Sutton seeds cup for an outstanding area of nature conservation.

Grenville Johnson Chair of St. George in Bloom said:-

‘My congratulations to everyone – It was an honour and privilege for myself and representatives from St. George in Bloom to attend the awards ceremony today, and receive all these wonderful awards on behalf of our community groups in St George.

I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment, and for making our area of the City of Bristol a greener, healthier, and happier place in which to live and work.

I also wish to sincerely thank the local City Councillors and the council officers for all their kind support, advice, and commitment.

It has been a wonderful team effort, and a marvellous opportunity to showcase the St George area of the City of Bristol.’

On Friday 14th October representatives from St. George in Bloom will attend the RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Birmingham to receive the result of St George in Bloom’s selection as a 2016 national RHS Britain in Bloom Finalist.

Air Balloon Hill Primary School pupils planting trees on Troopers Hill Field in Feburary 2016

Air Balloon Hill Primary School pupils planting trees on Troopers Hill Field in Feburary 2016

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.

Lord Mayor’s Medals

Congratulations to Rob Acton-Campbell and Fiona Russell, members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, presented, yesterday, at Bristol’s Mansion House, with Lord Mayor’s Medals by the Lord Mayor, Clare Campion-Smith.


Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership was presented with his medal in recognition of work he has carried out not only as Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership but also as Secretary of the Bristol Parks Forum, a committee member of Friends of Troopers Hill and Friends of Eastwood Farm and as Champion of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Environmental sub-group.  Part of his nomination read

“The signature note of all Rob’s work is partnership.  What makes him so special is how he inspires confidence in people to work together, encouraging them to achieve great things for their community and giving them the tools to do so.”

An example of this was described during yesterday’s presentation detailing how Rob had co-ordinated 3 local parks’ groups, Friends of Dundridge Parks, Friends of St George Park and Friends of Troopers Hill in applying for funding to support a series of events throughout the 2015 in their parks.

Fiona Russell, Chair of Meadow Vale Community Association, received her medal in acknowledgement of the work she has carried out for her local community, particularly in improving the facilities available for young and old in Speedwell’s Meadow Vale Community Centre and the adjacent Meadow Vale Park.

Her nomination included her tireless work addressing social deprivation in the Speedwell area.

3 other members of the Neighbourhood Partnership were honoured in earlier years.

In May 2012, Ann Radnedge, then Chair of Meadow Vale Community Association, received the award for her work with the Speedwell and Meadow Vale Communities creating the Meadow Vale Centre and working hard attracting funding and grants for the centre.

In May 2013, Grenville Johnson, currently Chair of St George in Bloom and Chair of Kensington Rd Residents’ Association and Neighbourhood Watch, was honoured for for his many voluntary works within his community.  In the photo of the award recipients, Grenville is in the back row, second from the right.  The report reads ” Grenville Johnson, a retired head teacher who has been the leading light in the Kensington Road Residents’ Association and neighbourhood watch in St George, as well as chairing the St George Neighbourhood Partnership for the past few years”.

You will have seen many reports on this site of Greville’s continued work for the community, particularly as Chair of St George in Bloom.

In February 2014, Richard Curtis, Chair of Church Rd Action Group, received the award for his work with the Redfield local community and for his work as a Magistrate with the Bristol Bench.  This is how his award was reported in the Bristol Post   ” Richard Curtis carries out a tremendous amount of work for his local community which he has done for many years in and around the Redfield area. Richard is chair of many local community groups, working with residents to improve the environment of the local area and addressing local issues, as well as being a magistrate, sitting on the Bristol Bench in both the Family and Adult Court. Richard gives his time to the local community generously, dedicating himself to making his local community a better place in which to live and to visit. Richard is more than happy to share his knowledge and skills with other people, offering advice and encouragement benefitting the local community and the city as a whole”.

You may remember this project that Richard ran in 2011.

Congratulations to all 5 of these holders of the Lord Mayor’s Medal.  We are really proud of these members’ achievements.

A complete list of all the recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Medal from 1983 to 2015 can be seen here.  Today’s Bristol Post article lists all of this year’s recipients.


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

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


View Photo Gallery – Photos by Frances Gard



Troopers Hill Road – Road Safety Measures

THrdLeafletBristol City Council are consulting on a scheme to introduce speed reducing measures and pedestrian improvements on Troopers Hill Road.

The proposals include various speed reducing measures in the form of road humps and making the road narrower at certain key points. As pedestrian links to and from Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve are poor, with no footway adjacent to the established accesses, they are proposing the introduction of short lengths of footway at these locations.

Comment on the proposals via ‘Ask Bristol’ >>

Download a copy of the consultation leaflet.

Consultation closed 1st November 2015.

Following this first consultation there will be a review (& revision if necessary) of the scheme and then a further formal consultation prior to the introduction of the necessary ‘Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)’.

Funding for this scheme is from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and was awarded in September 2012 following an application by members of the Traffic & Transport sub-group in July 2012.

Beaufort Road one-way scheme

Following discussions at te Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting in June it has been agreed that the proposed one-way scheme for Beaufort Road will not be introduced until work on Troopers Hill Road is completed. This is likely to be late 2016.

Download a drawing showing the current proposals for Beaufort Rd.

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

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.