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Parks Forum Meeting Sat 26th February 2022

The committee has decided to go ahead with our February in person.
We will confirm the agenda nearer the date and upload it to
As this will be our first in person meeting for a while we are intending to have much of the meeting as an open Q&A session.
The meeting will be at Summerhill Church, St George BS5 8LB - we shall have a shorter formal meeting than usual – 10am - 11.30 with no break to avoid crowding round the coffee counter.
The venue will be open from 9.30am and afterwards until 12.30, so there will be plenty of opportunity for informal networking. Please bring your own refreshments.
If you would like to join us, we would be pleased to see you.
In accordance with the latest Government guidance will be asking attendees to wear masks (though we realise that some people can’t) - and will leave the doors open, so bring a coat!

Love Your Park Volunteer Celebration 29th January

Details of the Winners and Special Mentions announced at the celebration event can be seen on the Your Park website.

Bristol Walk Fest 2022

We are delighted to confirm that Bristol Walk Fest will return this year. After successfully adapting in 2021 to offer numerous walks and virtual events despite challenging circumstances, we are looking forward to being able (all being well) to promote the return of a wealth of in-person walking-related events that we last enjoyed in 2019.
Bristol Walk Fest is coordinated by Active Ageing Bristol, hosted by Age UK Bristol, who is once again the lead partner, with funding from Bristol City Council and Bristol Ramblers.

As May is national walking month, this year’s Walk Fest will run from Sunday 1st May to Tuesday 31st May. It is a fantastic opportunity to encourage people to walk more often by showcasing and publicising the brilliant walking opportunities and groups in Bristol. 

The Go Jauntly app will be back as the virtual home for Bristol Walk Fest 2022. The app can be used by anyone to create or follow a walk, not only in May but throughout the year, and will feature a comprehensive Bristol section, bringing together a host of walks from communities, organisations and individuals across our city.
To get involved, you must complete the registration form by MONDAY 21st FEBRUARY: Bristol Walk Fest 2022 Registration Form
This year, we will once again be producing a printed programme, which will be distributed throughout Bristol in April, and meeting this deadline ensures we can publicise your event in that programme. Any late submissions can still be included on the website, but note that we are encouraging all submissions to meet this deadline where possible to allow plenty of time for the activities to be publicised and gather interest. 

If your organisation would like to run multiple different walks or events, please complete the form once for each. 
Alternatively, if you would rather submit a walk or event that you’d like to share with visitors to the website in a pdf or weblink format, we can add your walk to a dedicated page under one of the six Walk Fest themes (Arts & Culture, Green & Clean, History & Architecture, Nature & Wildlife, Walking Sports and Wellbeing Walks).
If you'd like to be involved in Walk Fest in another way, perhaps by writing a blog or sharing a story about the role walking/walking-related activities play in your life, please do get in touch. We are always looking for engaging content to share on our website and social channels and would love to hear from you. 
Thanks again for your continued support. We look forward to receiving your event registration.
Bristol Walk Fest Team 

2022 Area Committee CIL and S106 funds decision-making process

The timetable and deadlines for the 2022 Area Committee decision-making process on CIL and Section 106 funding in Bristol is now published. 
This is an important process for getting funds for capital investment for your park. It is vital that your get the support of your local Councillors and find out about any meetings they are organising in your area.
You can access all the information at: .
The timetable and the Stage 1 Outline Guidance and an Outline Proposal form can be downloaded from the above webpage. 
Key deadlines: 
Organisations and communities and Council departments should put forward proposals for potential projects for the Area Committee to consider by mid-March. Ward councillors will make sure the outline proposal forms (stage 1) are completed, ask for more information if required and then confirm their ‘in principle’ support for the idea and submit it.
The target date for outline proposal forms (agreed in principle with ward councillors) is the 4th April 2022.  
A public information session will be held online  on  Thursday 10 February 7pm – 8pm 

Health & Safety Training

There is a new H&S training date on Friday 11th March at Inns Court Community Centre.

Booking link is:

You can find details of all Health & Safety training sessions and other events organised by Ella (Parks Volunteer Coordinator) on Eventbrite here.

RHS Community Wellbeing Grant

Supporting groups and organisations at the heart of the community, the RHS Community Wellbeing Grant will help you deliver gardening projects to improve the wellbeing of your participants.
The grant will provide successful applicants with between £5,000 and £10,000 to help their project and participants thrive.
To be considered for funding, please complete an application form by 5pm on Monday 7 March.

Green Space News

Downs Committee, 24th January
You may have seen that the group ‘Downs for People’ made a public statement to the downs Committee which included the statement ‘we are calling on the Society of Merchant Venturers to give Clifton Down to the city’
Downs for People (DfP) set up 2013 by a group of concerned individuals to co-ordinate action against zoo parking on the Downs off Ladies Mile.  In May 2021 the group succeeded in a High Court challenge to the secret grant of a twenty- year licence for zoo parking.
Papers for the meeting, including public statements can be seen here
Because of the existence of the Downs Committee, with both Councillors and members of the Society of Merchant Venturers as members, the Downs are unique in having their own budget. However, due to the way it is set up then any costs that exceed income (unless covered by reserves from previous years) come out of the Parks Service budget.
The Downs is of course also unique in having formal public meetings where management of the site and the financial position is discussed.
Western Slopes
The Council has announced that, due to a new ecology report finding the site to have significant ecological value, it is no longer planning to build homes on the green areas of the Western Slopes in Knowle that it owns.
There is still a planning application under consideration for a privately owned section of the site.
The Council’s press release also stated that “Knowle West Health Park will be removed from the pipeline of sites allocated to Goram Homes, and the council will no longer pursue the development of this site”.
Doncaster Road Park
At a meeting in Southmead in November last year the Council raised the possibility of housing being built on part of Doncaster Road park.
However, at the end of last month, in the midst of the current by-election campaign in Southmead, the Council announced that it won’t now be proceeding with those plans.
Reports on Bristol 24-7 here and here.
Local Green Space
Last week CPRE published research on the designation of Local Green Spaces (LGS) across the country in the decade since their introduction.
Spaces can be designated as LGS in either Local Plans or Neighbourhood Plans. In Bristol some spaces have been designated as part of Neighbourhood Plans and one of these at Lawrence Weston Community Farm is included as a case study in the report.
In 2019 Bristol produced draft green space policies as part of its review of the current Local Plan, this included a list of over 150 spaces proposed as LGS and you may remember the drop in consultation sessions that were held. Since then progress on the plan has stalled but is due to restart this year.
Details of the CPRE research can be seen here.
Rob Acton-Campbell
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

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