Bristol Parks Forum Update
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In this update:
Prime Minister’s Statement
So it looks like parks might be busier from Wednesday…
“And from this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.
You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household.
You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them.”
Volunteering in Parks
Ella and others are working on a protocol that would allow volunteering under the Council’s insurance to restart as soon as possible if the current restrictions are lifted - from tonight's statement it seems this will not be for some time.
This would include extra precautions, including possibly restrictions on group sizes and ensuring that no one shares gloves or tools.
In the meantime, remember that the Council’s position remains that there should be no formal volunteering activities in Parks.
Many individuals are of course picking up litter, watering trees or carrying out other small tasks on their daily exercise and this is helping to keep parks clean to the benefit of everyone.
If you are doing this then I think you are due a big thank you – but do be aware that you will not be covered by the Council’s insurance for volunteers.
If you do litter pick (and I’m not advising you either way) you take personal responsibility to carry this out sensibly and without putting yourself at risk, Assume that anything you find is contaminated with the coronavirus so use litter-pickers if you have them and/or gloves to avoid touching the rubbish and make sure you are thorough in hand washing when you get home. Sanitise the litter pickers afterwards, especially if they are going to be used again within 72 hours.
Also you should take care that you are not as a group giving the impression that this is a group activity and that others should join in. If individuals want to do this then there is nothing to stop them (in my view picking up litter on a walk is part of normal life, not ‘volunteering’) but a group could potentially be liable if you actively encourage it.
Recruiting - Ecological Emergency Project Manager
As you know in February the Mayor and a range of partners in Bristol have declared an Ecological Emergency. I am now recruiting for an Ecological Emergency Project Manager. Their role will be to help co-ordinate BCC activity in response to the ecological emergency, link our work with that of partners and secure additional resources to help deliver the emerging Nature Recovery Strategy.
I am keen to ensure that a wide range of potential applicants become aware of the vacancies to ensure a diverse range of applicants, to maximise the opportunities for local people and to compensate for the restrictions on movement at the current time.
The Closing date is Thur 21st May.
We have created some web pages to help recruitment and I am happy to have an informal discussion with anyone regarding the roles.
We are also recruiting a Climate Change Team Manager. This role will lead the new Climate Change Team and with partners help deliver the recently adopted One City Climate Strategy.
On the website I have included my email address so that anyone interested in the post can contact me directly for an informal discussion.
Alex Minshull | Sustainable City and Climate Change Manager
The Green Way
The Green Way project is a collaboration between The Architecture Centre, St Pauls Learning Centre, 91 Ways to Build a Global City, St Pauls Adventure Playground, Talo and the local people and councillors of St Pauls.
Together they have designed and fundraised for a series of creative improvements to The Green Way, a little known walking and cycling route through St Pauls. In the coming year (lockdown depending) they are working together to make public realm and capital improvements across this route from St Agnes Park to Halston Drive, bringing nature and art into to these spaces and creating a place for communities to gather when the outbreak is over.
Now they’re collecting recipes from Bristolians to feed into designs for capital development
around St Pauls.
Do you have a favourite recipe? What are you craving in lockdown? What meals lift your spirit and bring happiness into your home? What is your soul food?
Anna Rutherford, Director of The Architecture Centre, explains;
“Food brings people together, especially in times of adversity. Cooking keeps us connected and grounded. We’re asking Bristolians and locals to St Pauls to share their favourite recipes, whether these are new creations or recipes that have been in our families for generations. The designs will feed into artwork being created with organisations across St Pauls as part of the innovative Green Way project.”
To add your recipe to the pot, simply go to our Facebook Group and add your recipe here:
• Take a photo of a written recipe (on paper or in a book) and post it on the Facebook Group
• Type out your recipe and post it in the Facebook Group
• Take a video of you or your family member talking through your recipe and share it on the
• All recipes must include a list of ingredients – method is optional
• We’d also love to see pictures of your cooking!
Not got Facebook? Send your recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Please submit your recipes by Friday 15th May
This project is a great opportunity to share recipes with our neighbours in lockdown. The recipes will then go on to inspire permanent artworks which reflect and celebrate the diversity and culinary heritage of the area. Bristolians will be able to take pictures of the recipe murals and bring them to life in their own homes.
Bristol Parks Forum
Due to the Coronavirus BPF meetings are cancelled until further notice
We will set new dates when the current restrictions are lifted, our AGM is due on 17th October – venue tbc
Groups that are formally members of the BPF are listed at www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/parks-forum-members/ please check that these details are up to date.