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Parks Forum Meeting  - Saturday

A reminder that the agenda for Saturday’s meeting, which includes the zoom link is at
www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/BPF161021agenda.pdf
 
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Bristol Future Parks

 
The new Bristol Future Parks website is now live
 
www.bristol.gov.uk/web/bristol-future-parks
 
The Bristol Future Parks project aims to transform how parks and green spaces are run in response to their increased use during the pandemic
 
The project will explore new ways to generate income to fund improvements and encourage community ideas to enhance parks and support physical and mental health benefits.
 
They’ve chosen five parks and green spaces for the first phase of the project:  
 
  • Blaise Castle Estate
  • Chaplin Community Garden
  • Dame Emily Park
  • Eastville Park
  • Sea Mills Recreation Ground
 
Bristol Future Parks are inviting you to submit a proposal of community-led project ideas for these parks. This process is called an Expression of Interest (EOI). 
 
This is an opportunity to build on the hard work and dedication citizens have already made to our parks and green spaces. Your idea could include planting and maintaining vegetation, restoring neglected green spaces or starting new community groups to benefit people’s physical and mental health. 
 
The EOI submission window is open from Monday 25 October to 31 December 2021. During this time, they will invite you to discuss your idea with the project team. Each EOI will be assessed against a set of criteria to determine its suitability. Ideas that meet the criteria will be considered to submit a formal tender, details of which will be supplied to each business if successful at the EOI stage.   
 
If you are interested in submitting an EOI, visit the Bristol Future Parks website for more information.
 
Council’s press release
 
 
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Bristol Pesticide Amnesty – 23rd & 24th October

 
Disposing of harmful pesticides to protect your green spaces and wildlife
 
  • Redcatch Park on October 23rd between 11am & 3pm
  • Blaise Nursery on October 24th between 11am & 3pm
 
What hazardous chemicals might be lurking at the back of your shed, garage or under the kitchen sink? Help protect nature in your neighbourhood and dispose of unwanted pesticides by joining in England’s first domestic pesticide amnesty.
 
The Natural History Consortium (the charity behind the city’s annual Festival of Nature) is running a “pesticide amnesty” on the weekend of October 23-24 for residents to ‘hand back’ their household and garden chemicals at one of two free pop-up events. The results will be given to University of Bristol’s chemistry department as we start to map out pesticide use around the city.
 
The use of pesticides has been linked to the decline in bees and other vital pollinators, as well as other insects, birds, mammals, and aquatic species that are essential to maintaining healthy ecosystems. To that end, these events will encourage residents to part with their pesticides  and prevent their use in Bristol.
 
“The Pesticide Amnesty is an easy, free way to take action to support nature. Pesticides affect habitats and pollinators, and we know that having fewer chemicals at home is also safer. We’re inviting everyone who wants to join us in our target to reduce pesticide use across the city by 50% to get started. Our first 500 visitors will get a great ‘swap pack’ and we can’t wait to talk to people about their ideas for the balcony, garden or allotment”. said Savita Willmott, Director of The Natural History Consortium.
 
The pesticide amnesty will help Bristol to meet its target of reducing pesticides across the city by at least 50% by 2030, which will not be possible without the support of local residents.
 
At the events, Bristol residents will be able to:
 
  1. Discuss the pesticide problem with a friendly welcome team who will be available to handle pesticides and answer questions about the impacts of using pesticides
  2. Dispose of pesticides from their homes in an amnesty vehicle provided by Bristol Waste, aided by the welcome team
  3. Receive a swap pack which will provide information on pesticide alternatives, where to get them and gardening tips
  4. Contribute to scientific research, with pesticides handed over on the day used to monitor the change of pesticide use in Bristol, helping to produce a long term social study for the city.
 
 
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Public Engagement for 'Western Harbour'

  
The ‘Harbour Hopes’ creative engagement programme will start a citywide conversation on the future of Western Harbour, the regeneration area centred around Cumberland Basin, to explore people’s hopes and aspirations for the future transformation of the area. 
 
https://harbourhopes.co.uk
 
The interactive map shows the extent of the green space that is included within the area which is considered to be ‘Western Harbour’.
 
 
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RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood

 
The presentation of the RHS South West It’s Your Neighbourhood awards this year was held in the spectacular venue of the Winter Gardens Pavillion in Weston-super-Mare on 7th October.
 
Several park groups were represented with the following listed as Bristol awards:
 
  • Friends of Troopers Hill Level 5 Outstanding
  • Ambition Lawrence Weston Level 5 Outstanding
  • Bramble Farm Level 5 Outstanding
  • Staple Hill Sensory Garden Page Park Level 5 Outstanding
  • St George in Bloom - Church Road Enhancements Billboard Project Level 5 Outstanding
  • St George in Bloom - Pollinator Garden Project Level 5 Outstanding
  • Stockwood Growing Together Level 4 Thriving
  • Manor Woods Valley Group Level 5 Outstanding
  • Parson Street Railway Station Level 4 Thriving
  • Bridge Farm Community Garden Level 3 Advancing
  • Northern Slopes Initiative Level 5 Outstanding
  • Filton Community Garden Level 5 Outstanding
  • Kingswood Town Centre Level 5 Outstanding
  • Friends of Kingswood Park Level 5 Outstanding
  • Ardagh Community Trust Level 5 Outstanding
  • Lyde Green Open Space Group Level 5 Outstanding
  • Snuff Mills Action Group Level 5 Outstanding
 
More details at www.southwestinbloom.org.uk
 
This is a great way for park groups to get recognition for their work, so if you didn’t enter this year it might be worth a try in 2022. The assessors are all volunteers and often involved in there own sites, so it is also a good way to exchange ideas.
 
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Rob Acton-Campbell
Bristol Parks Forum
www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/vision/   
 
Next meeting Sat 16th October – on zoom.

 


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