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Love Nature, Love Your Park - Conference 20th March 2021

 
Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation is organising conference on how to help nature flourish in our parks and green spaces.
 
The Foundation have a brilliant line up of speakers from the National Wildflower Centre, Black and Green Ambassadors, Froglife, Avon Wildlife Trust, University of Bristol and more.
 
If you are part of a Friends of Group, a volunteer or have an allotment and are thinking about what you can do to respond to the ecological emergency in your green space, this online event will inspire and equip you with the ideas and information you need.
 
Please share the details with members of your group or contacts that you think will be interested.
 
Date: Saturday 20th March 2021
 
Time: 09.30-17.00 (the agenda is jam packed, however you can easily join for parts of the conference if you cannot be there for the whole day.)
 
Registration & agenda: https://hopin.com/events/love-nature-love-your-park
 
This is the first of a series on online training / information events that the Foundation is planning, please sign up to any courses your group is interested in here: https://charlee258279.typeform.com/to/vtcq4qb3
 
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100km Get Active Park Challenge - Bristol & Bath

 
This spring, people will be joining together across Bristol and Bath to walk, roll, hop and push their way to 100km through our parks over the course of 1 month. All in support of the Love Your Park Community Fund and our park heroes.
 
The 100k Parks Challenge has been organised by the Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation to raise funds to support park groups across both cities. 100km is 62 miles, so an average of 2 miles per day over a month, you can choose any period of a month to complete your challenge and do it either on your own or as a family group.
 
You can register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/100km-get-active-park-challenge-registration-bristol-bath-registration-141057810709
 
Or you can sponsor me at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RobCrewsHole  
 
The team page is at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/100kmgetactiveparkchallenge  
 
I'm walking my 100k during March; Charlee at the Foundation has said she will run hers!
 
Please share the above links and the #ActiveParkChallenge tag on social media.
 
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College Green 1 Year on

Greta Thunberg’s visit to Bristol was 28th February 2020 – just a year ago but it feels like that wet day was from another world.
 
Look out for some publicity over the weekend – yet another project for the Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation.
 
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Blaise Food Plant Donation scheme 2021

 
After a successful growing season last year, which saw communities across the city benefit from free fresh fruit and veg, Bristol City Council have funded a second season of plant donations from Blaise Nursery. We hope to enable community food growing groups to support their local communities, after what has been an unprecedented 12 months.
 
We would love to work with you again as part of this project, which is part of the #BiteBackBetter campaign in Bristol.
 
If you are interested in receiving plants to grow on, and can commit to donating some or all of the produce to your communities (via Foodbanks, food parcels projects or similar – reach out if you are unsure), please respond to this email before Tuesday 16th March. Details of what to include in your reply are below.
 
We are looking to do two rounds of donations:
 
Round one (26th – 31stMarch) will be for “earlies” – mostly onions and potatoes which require a longer growing period in the ground (note: potatoes are very susceptible to frosts so will need protection with fleece/earthing over if frost is forecast)
 
Round two (approx. 26th April – 5th May) will be for everything else.
The plan is to deliver the plants to you, to minimise emissions and ensure everyone has equal access to the plants.
 
All plants have been grown in peat-free, pesticide-free compost and will arrive to you strong enough to be planted out into the ground/greenhouse depending on the variety.
 
Rod and the team at Blaise Nursery are really pleased to have secured the funding for this initiative to happen again in 2021 to support our communities. Rod has been working hard behind the scenes planting and growing over 10,000 seedlings since the start of this year. Without his efforts this simply wouldn’t be happening.
 
In your reply, if you are interested, please state, briefly:
  • Your name and best contact number
  • Full address of your community growing project for delivery
  • Weekdays that would be possible for delivery
  • Yes/No to “round one” plants
  • Yes/No to “round two” plants (we’ll arrange the details of these later!)
  • Yes/No to access to a greenhouse or poly tunnel for less hardy plant
  • With whom you pledge to share you produce (community/foodbank/other)
Once we have heard back from everyone, we will begin planning the distribution of specific plants and let you know quantities available.
 
Best wishes,
Ella
 
Ella Hogg, Volunteer Coordinator Bristol Parks
Ella.Hogg@bristol.gov.uk
 
 
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Conservation areas to protect Ashton Court Estate

 
Sections of the plateau, located near the Clifton Lodge car park of the 850-acre country park, will be roped off during the spring to offer recovery space to some of the abundance of wildlife on the estate.
 
Read more here:
 
https://news.bristol.gov.uk/news/conservation-areas-to-protect-ashton-court-estate
 
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Parks Volunteering Update

 
On the basis of the ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown announced on Monday it looks like we will be able to return to volunteering in groups of six from Monday 29th March. However, since that is the start of the school Easter holidays and everyone will still have to stay at home parks are likely to be very busy, especially over the Easter weekend itself, so you may want to leave organising anything until later in April.
 
Further relaxations after that depend on our things develop, especially on the rules for social distancing.
 
Ella will be issuing updated guidance over the next couple of weeks.
 
The presentation from both of last weekend’s volunteering updates can be seen here
www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/VolunteeringParksFeb2021.pdf
 
Ella tells me there were 30 at the Friday session and 25 on Saturday.
 
A recording of Friday’s session is here: https://youtu.be/07kJPDoI2no .
 
Please contact Ella if you need any more information or if you would like further guidance on the use of the volunteer database - Ella.Hogg@bristol.gov.uk
 
 
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Rob Acton-Campbell
Bristol Parks Forum
www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/vision/   
 
Due to the Coronavirus BPF normal meetings are cancelled until further notice but we are holding meetings by Zoom – provisional dates for the rest of 2021 are Saturdays 15th May & 16th October.
 
I'm raising money for Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation - please support me on JustGiving - https://www.justgiving.com/RobCrewsHole


 


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