We're helping to provide some virtual green space whilst you stay home this spring by Bringing Parks to You! Our next stop brings us over the River Severn to Bristol - immerse yourself in a trip to some of their local parks and green spaces.
Journeying through the park gates in Bristol we explore the park which was the regional winner for the South West of England in UK's Best Park 2019 - Page Park in Staple Hill.
We've made it to the park map once again meaning it's time for a look around the various parks and green spaces within the City of Bristol.
We take a slightly different trip to the park bench here in Bristol with an immersive audio experience! Troopers Hill is a Local Nature Reserve on hillside overlooking the River Avon. It sits on land which has been quarried and mined in the past, giving the space its distinctive topography. Today it is described as "one of the most spectacular wildlife spots in Bristol" with wild plants and animals, heather, crags and two listed chimneys. The Friends of Troopers Hill, who are currently part of the Future Proof Parks programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, have produced an audio trail which as well as being a guide for those at the space physically is a fabulous experience from home with experts explaining the history, fungi, birds and more. Also provided below is an aerial video tour so you can see a glimpse of the space in visual form as well!
Our final day in Bristol brings us to the park pavilion where there's quite a virtual gathering as we hear about three diverse spaces within the city and the work of their amazing Friends of Groups, who are just a few of the network of such groups who come together as part of the Bristol Parks Forum.
Royate Hill was compulsory purchased from developers by Bristol City Council in 1996 as part of the process of Local Nature Reserve designation, following a five-year campaign against development. It is an unusual nature reserve, being partly on top of a railway viaduct, alongside wildflower meadows and woodland. Since November 2018 the Friends of Royate Hill LNR have been working to restore habitats for the benefit of wildlife and the local community. Image with thanks to Martyn Cordey.
Netham Park is located to the east of Bristol city centre and has something for everyone in the community, from a children's play area to football and cricket pitches to woods full of daffodils every spring. In more normal times the Friends of Netham meet weekly to litter pick in summer and for woodland management in winter, which has had a beneficial impact on the area's flora and fauna. With the aid of Bug Life the group planted over a thousand crocuses, primroses and cowslips whilst with the help of local schools planted 'a tree per child' including cherry trees, such as the one pictured.
St George Park is a well preserved Victorian park which takes advantage of the natural lay of the land to provide stunning views of a lake within a central urban setting. Having been converted to allotments during World War II the space has since matured with a stunning avenue of London Plane trees and is home to wildfowl including swans, herons, Mandarin duck and grebes. It is supported by the Friends of St George Park who work year-round to support and enhance the space. Image with thanks to Cara Lavan.
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We hope the latest stop on our Bringing Parks to You tour here in Bristol brought a little virtual joy in these challenging times as we are all reminded what valuable and precious places our local parks and green spaces are. Next up we travel back into Wales and up to Wrexham before carrying on around the UK. Discover more of Bringing Parks to You and let us know where you think the tour should travel to!
Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policymakers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.