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Parks Forum Meeting Sat 26th February 2022

It was good to see people face to face again.
We’ll publish minutes on the website site soon.

Presentation on planning related issues from Saturday’s meeting

The presentation Len was using for his part of the conversation at the meeting can be seen here:
He raised a number of issues including the increased understanding of the value of Parks and Green Spaces – and the pressure to build new homes to meet current demand – and what that means for parks and green spaces directly affected and also indirectly affected.
As you can see the intention was to start a discussion – if you have views on what was being raised please let us know, as we need to find a way forward on this.
Just because you’re a green space faced by a planning application doesn’t mean that the application will go to a Planning Committee.
Over in South Bristol, the Northern Slopes Initiative have been involved in dealing with applications for housing on their green space since 2008. In the latest part of the situation, housing as been approved on part of the Northern Slopes – without going to Planning Committee, but by delegated powers to Officers. This is the first time that housing applications on the Northern Slopes have been taken that way.
Len who is also involved in the situation, passes on the tip that if you are a green space in this situation – and you want to have an opportunity to say what you think at Planning Committee – you must state clearly that you want to be heard at Committee when you make your comments, and make sure that your local Councillors ask for the same.

New writing wanted on city centre green spaces

In the lead-up to City Nature Challenge (April 29 - May 2), The Natural History Consortium are commissioning three blog posts about green spaces in the city centre to inspire people to get out and about during City Nature Challenge.
They are looking for 3 pieces, 300-600 words, about Castle Park, the Harbour and Dame Emily Park. There is a fee available of £125 for each piece, which they need by mid-April.
If you are interested in writing one of these blogs, the please email – all else being equal the commission will be awarded on a first come first served basis, so contact Savita as soon as you can.


The City Nature Challenge uses i-Naturalist to record the wildlife that is found over the weekend, anyone can record there findings using the app, or the website.
As I mentioned in a previous update the Bristol Tree Forum have added a feature that allows you to look at the iNaturalist records for your park (not just trees) on the Trees of Bristol website - guide on how to access the site and the information here.
The local postcode-based wildlife groups also have i-Naturalist projects set up, so that you can see the recordings over a larger area:
BS3 Wildlife Group · iNaturalist
BS4 Wildlife Group · iNaturalist
BS5 Wildlife Group · iNaturalist
BS9 Wildlife Group · iNaturalist
BS11 Wildlife Group · iNaturalist
BS13 Wildlife Group · iNaturalist
BS14 Wildlife Group · iNaturalist
BS15 Wildlife Group · iNaturalist
BS16 Wildlife Group · iNaturalist
As with those on the Trees of Bristol website for local parks, any wildlife recordings made by anyone using i-Naturalist in the area are shown in these maps; they do not have to have been recorded for a particular project.
Some of you may have seen the email updates that Ben Barker sends out to support these groups – there is now an archive of these on the Bristol Wildlife website. A recent one gave some information on the ‘Big Picture’ on wildlife issues over the city.

KWAG Landmark

Kings Weston Action Group recently issued their 100th newsletter.
Their newsletters are always interesting with a good mix of news of their activities and history of the estate.
Read KWAG Newsletter No 100 here

Student Survey

From time to time we are asked to pass on links to surveys being carried out by students for their research, this one might be of particular interest if you are involved in a community garden or have an allotment.

Climate and Ecology Community Grants - Information Event

Tue, 22 March 2022 - 18:00 – 19:00
Grants for community groups in Bristol taking climate action or making space for nature.
Join Councillor Beech (cabinet member for climate, ecology, energy and waste) and members of Bristol City Council's Climate Action team to hear about the community grants programme, find out how you can apply, discuss your ideas, and hear what other community groups in the city are doing to improve their neighbourhoods, make space for nature and take climate action.
Register via Eventbrite
Rob Acton-Campbell
Bristol Parks Forum   
BPF meetings for 2022:
Sat 2nd July 9.30am to 12.30pm – Raleigh room, Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road BS10 5PY
Sat 15th October –venue to be confirmed

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