In this update:
Love Your Park Volunteer Celebration 29th January
If you haven’t yet booked your ticket for the Love Your Park Get Together and Volunteer celebration this Saturday (29th January) on Zoom from 10 to 12.30pm then Book here!
Today (Wed 26th January) is your last chance to vote for one of the eight shortlisted groups in the People’s Choice award.
Vote here before 5pm TODAY
I mentioned in the my last update that the papers for last week’s Cabinet meeting had details of the proposed budget for 2022/23.
In the papers at Appendix 8 of Item 9 is a list of ‘budget savings & efficiencies proposals 2022 to 2027’ This sets out several proposals for parks; I have put together the relevant items on one page here.
Note that these are all proposals to reduce the budget by increasing income rather than any cuts to parks maintenance, though the reduction might feed through as cuts if the increases aren’t achieved. In respect of car parking charges, there is also a separate item under Highways reviewing the introduction of charging to all free Council owned car parks.
Just before Christmas the BPF committee wrote to Cllr Ellie King in response to the budget consultation, our letter can be seen here. We argued that there was a special case for parks being give a high priority in the budget discussions given that “The importance of Parks and Green Spaces to the people of Bristol has become even clearer during the pandemic and COP 26 has raised the level of awareness of the Climate and Ecological Emergencies for everyone.”
Zoom Meetings for New Groups
During the last year, while it has been difficult to meet in person, I have joined with Ella in some Zoom meetings for new parks groups to introduce them to both the Parks Service and the Parks Forum, how things work and who is who.
We have set another one up for Wed 23rd February at 7pm - if you know of anyone who is thinking of setting up a group, or who is part of a recently established group, who you think would find this useful, please ask them to contact Ella or myself for details.
Your Park - Community Consultation
Please pass this information to anyone in your group or any other organisations or people you know who might find it relevant.
Parks provide so many benefits for our health, both physical and mental. Parks are places that help us remain well, to recover or improve our health. We understand that not all communities currently enjoy equal access to our local green spaces. Two communities that are often under-represented in parks are people living with a disability and people who provide unpaid care for a loved one. 'Your Park' would like our parks to be even more connected to their communities, to improve access and ensure everyone is able to enjoy their park.
'Your Park' are inviting members of both communities to share their knowledge and experience of their parks and green spaces. 'Your Park' would like to understand what people think about their local green spaces and, importantly tell them how parks could be more inviting and accessible and support them to enjoy the benefits that our parks offer.
Who can take part? If you are an adult who identifies as living with a disability or someone who provides unpaid care to a loved one, your participation would be very valuable. You don’t need to be a park user, in fact we very much want to hear from people who don’t currently use parks but would like to.
'Your Park' would really welcome listening to communities whose voices are less often heard in community consultations. If you identify as being of Black, Asian or Arabic ethnicity, your participation would be most welcome.
When will the discussion take place? Late January to early February with flexible dates and times to suit you.
Where will the discussion take place? Online via Zoom
What will it be like? Emma, from 'Your Park' will host the small and relaxed conversations. So everyone has time to contribute, no more than five other people (including Emma) will be in the conversation.
What will happen to the information I provide? Any information you choose to share will be treated with the utmost respect and in line with all data protection legislation.
£20 Thank you vouchers... tell me more. At the end of the discussion all participants will be eligible for a £20 voucher for a local supermarket as a token of our thanks for sharing your time, knowledge and experience with us.
I have some additional access needs; will I be able to take part? We would welcome hearing from you. Please contact Emma (details below) to discuss further.
Where can I get more information or register my interest in taking part? Contact Emma Mather on email: email@example.com
Festival of Nature 2022 - Your Chance to Join In!
A message from Ellie at the Natural History Consortium
Festival of Nature, UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world returns from June 10-18, 2022 – and we’d love for you to get involved!
The festival runs across the West of England, organised since 2003 by the partners of The Natural History Consortium. After two years online, we are heading back outdoors in 2022 and we want you to join us!
We’re pulling together a full programme of collaborative in-person, digital and hybrid events across the region. All activity will be focussed on one goal; to enable people to take action for nature. If that sounds like something you’d like to be involved in, we’d love to hear from you. We’re opening up our programmes to organisations and groups across the region in our first ever open call…
Wanted: venues, environmental groups and activity providers
Whether you have a project or programme ready to go as part of the week, an off-the wall idea you’ve always wanted to try, a great venue that could host a special event, or some skills / time to offer – we’d love to work with you.
Wanted: content creators, podcasts, and digital artists
Do you host a podcast, radio show or podcast? We’d love to supply you with content and link you up with the activities happening during the festival week. If you’re a content creator looking for fresh inspiration, we can pair you up with environmental experts and audio-visual content.
GET IN TOUCH
If you have an idea, want to put in an expression or simply want to find out more, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before the 31st January 2022.
If you would like to share our open call all the above information can be found at www.festivalofnature.org.uk
Bristol Parks Forum
BPF meetings for 2022:
Sat 26th February, Summerhill Methodist Church, St George – Sat 2nd July – Sat 15th October – all 9.30am to 12.30pm - venues for July & Oct to be confirmed