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Health & Safety Training

I’m pleased to say that Ella has now been able to restart in person Health & Safety training for volunteers. The aim is to hold sessions at least every other month from now on.
These sessions allow you to run activities including work parties and guided walks in Bristol’s parks while being covered by Bristol City Council’s insurance.
Booking is via Eventbrite - the available courses can be seen here
The first session is on Friday July 9th, 9:30am at Eastville Park

Litter Picks with Bristol Avon Rivers Trust and Sustainable Hive

Did you know 80% of the litter in the sea flows out from river systems?
Treasure Your River is a UK-wide collaboration of litter-busting organisations looking for shipmates, volunteers, and people from across the UK who treasure their river to get involved. We’re aiming to remove 95 tonnes of litter from our rivers and prevent a further 90 tonnes from entering them in the first place.
Here in Bristol we are looking to work with existing groups to help us not only collect the litter from waterways and on land but to help us record data around the amount and types of litter collected as well as bring awareness to the issue on social media (using #treasureyourriver @susthive and @hubbubUK).
If you would like to know more or are willing to get involved please do get in touch, we would love your expertise and knowledge!
Clare has organised three litter picks working with Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) – you can book via Eventbrite on the links below:
Fri, Jul 16, 10:00 - Brislington Brook
Fri, Aug 6, 10:00 - Pigeonhouse Stream, Crox Bottom

Fri, Aug 20, 10:00 - Pigeonhouse Stream, Crox Bottom

Black & Green Ambassadors - Bristol's Voices

Come along to hear about what Bristol's Black & Green Ambassadors have been up to so far and input into their future steps!
To facilitate wider conversations in the city, we are inviting you to an online event on the 22nd of June from 6.30pm – 8.00pm to find out more about the programme, what work we have undertaken so far, and to get your input into the individual project areas each Ambassador is currently working on:
  • Roy Kareem – untold stories from Bristol’s green spaces
  • Olivia Sweeney – community solutions for clean air
  • Asia Yousif – how cultural heritage affects environmental sustainability
The event will take place via Zoom and the joining link will be emailed nearer the time.
Book via Eventbrite

GoodGym Bristol Tuesday night Groups Runs are coming back

The good news we've been waiting for is that GoodGym Bristol are going to be group running again on Tuesday nights - when that sea of red t-shirts with huge smiles (and a bit of a glow) turns up between 6.45 and 7 on a Tuesday evening and helps you by moving/breaking/painting/counting/cleaning/digging or whatever other manual help you need.
We're sticking as close to the old format as possible, we'll meet in the city centre at 6.30 and run to you:
  • max distance 2.5km (1.5 miles)
  • GoodGym numbers limited only by how many you need for the task, enough tools available and social distancing if that's still a thing
  • we need to have run back to the city centre by 7.55, so will have 30-45 minutes with you
  • we only have people and gloves (a few hand tools but really not many, and 10 litter pickers) so we need you to provide the tools
Are you already brimming with ideas of what we could do and when?  We'll still have weekend (especially Saturday late morning) and some evening availability for meeting at your task without the bit of us all meeting somewhere else and running to you, so can cope with longer distances and spending a longer time at your task.
Please get in touch either here: (gets you straight onto our web system) or by email to .
If you don't want to hear from us any more, please reply with "We're doing great without you" in the subject line.
We hope to see you soon! 
Melanie Young
Area Activator

Tree Trunk Cookies

Friends of Brandon Hill have spare large tree trunk cookies to offer other parks groups if they have a use for them. They came from the large oak that came down in a storm a few years ago. Friends of Brandon Hill are creating a history and dendrology cookie for display on Brandon Hill. Reply to this email if you are interested and we will pass your details on.
Photo here.

Changes to Pinpoint Maps

The Council has recently changed how parks are displayed on its mapping system, they are now shown with a green boundary, rather than green shading. This has allowed the introduction of another option of showing the type of space – formal, natural, play etc.
The additional option of showing the maintenance regime remains – eg ‘Recreational Turf’, ‘Rural Turf’, ‘Cyclic Tall Vegetation 1 in 3’ etc
Click here to see Bristol’s Parks – you may need to zoom in to make them appear.
Rob Acton-Campbell
Bristol Parks Forum   
The minutes from the May meeting are on our website at Next meeting Sat 16th October – we will decide nearer the time whether this can be a face to face meeting or whether it will be on zoom.

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