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Parks Forum Meeting Saturday 15th May

 
The minutes from the May meeting will be on our website soon.
 
The presentation from the Your Park, the Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation with an update of their current projects can be seen here www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/BPF150521BBPFUpdate.pdf  
 
 
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New Cabinet

 
As you may have seen the Mayor has now finalised his new cabinet.
 
Cllr Asher Craig has retained her role as Deputy Mayor and her responsibilities for  Communities, Equalities and Public Health, which includes parks.
 
Cllr Nicola Beech has taken on the responsibilities for Climate, Ecology and Energy so will be leading on the Council’s response to the Climate & Ecological Emergencies. Nicola also has responsibility for Waste – which was raised as a big concern at the last Parks Forum meeting.
 
Nicola and Asher are both Councillors in St George and I’m sure they will work well together where their responsibilities overlap in parks.
 
The full list of cabinet members can be seen at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/how-council-decisions-are-made/the-mayor-and-cabinet
 
 
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Motorcycles in Parks

 
Bristol Parks have encountered motorcyclists riding in some parks and green spaces over recent months. These spaces include:
 
  • Ashton Court Estate
  • Highridge Common
  • Dundry Slopes
  • Willmott Park
  • Withywood Park
  • Eastwood Farm
  • Stockwood Open Space & The Coots
  • Bedminster Down Common
  • Knowle Northern Slopes
  • Hengrove Park
  • Inns Court
 
This is against Bristol City Council’s bylaws as it can greatly endanger the public and damage the natural environment. Avon and Somerset Police have already been engaged in this issue and continue to respond to reports.
 
If people spot motorcycles being ridden in parks and green spaces that they can report them to the police online. It is important to include any details like registration numbers if they have them. The public should only take photos if it is safe to do so.
 
As with all such incidents the more reports the Police receive the higher up their priority list it will move, so please do help get the message out that it is worth reporting, even if the police do not appear to respond immediately.
 
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Free Wildlife Guides

 
The Field Studies Council are currently offering free wildlife guides to people aged 16–25 and those working with this age group – which should include park groups.
 
www.field-studies-council.org/register-for-free-wildlife-guides/
 
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Great Bristol Spring Clean

 
The Great Bristol Spring Clean is now underway.
 
This year's event started on 28 May and runs until 27 June, ‘with extra precautions in place to ensure activities can continue safely’.
 
More information is at https://bristolwastecompany.co.uk/great-bristol-spring-clean/
 
This might be another route to promote what your park groups is doing in the coming month and to encourage people to join and then continue the good work for the rest of the year.
 
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Equity in Access to Urban Nature

 
There is a new report from Groundwork on equity in access to urban nature
 
www.groundwork.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Out-of-Bounds-equity-in-access-to-urban-nature.pdf
 
 
The report looks at the benefits of urban nature and some of the barriers to access and is well worth a read.
 
 
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Rob Acton-Campbell
Bristol Parks Forum
www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/vision/   
 
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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