Bristol Parks Forum – Campaigning to protect and enhance all public green space in the City of Bristol

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Bristol’s Parks & Green Spaces in the Coronavirus Crisis

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Bristol’s parks (not play areas or any facilities) are open for your once a day exercise. Please observe the 2m ‘Social Distancing’ advice.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

The only reason anyone should be in a park or green space is for exercise or for walking / cycling to get to one of the above.

All playgrounds and outdoor gyms are closed.

More information on park facility closures

Latest Government guidance on using green spaces (updated 3rd April) :

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
  • if walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others. You can find further guidance for pet owners here

There is also some good advice on the use of parks in London, which is equally applicable in Bristol.

Statement from the Prime Minister 8.30pm 23rd March 2020

Statement from Bristol City Council 6pm 23rd March 2020

Unfortunately all group volunteering activities in Bristol’s parks are cancelled until further notice.

Latest NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice

Parks Forum Vision

A Positive Future for Bristol’s Parks & Green Spaces.

More information >>

BPF responses to recent consultations:

West of England Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

Bristol and Bath Railway Path proposals

Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation

One of eight exciting projects across the country in the Rethinking Parks programme funded by National Lottery Community Fund, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Nesta.

More information >>

Next Meeting:

To be confirmed when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

See our Meetings page for details.

Latest News – Parks Forum Email Updates >>

Email info@bristolparksforum.org.uk to sign up for updates.

Follow us on twitter – @BrisParksForum

Interested in starting a group? Email: info@bristolparksforum.org.uk

Organisations that can offer support for Park Groups >>

Information about setting up and running a group on the Council’s website >>

Volunteer in our parks (Council website) >>

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Bristol Parks Forum is as an umbrella organisation for community park groups and organisations in the city with an interest in their local parks and green spaces.

The forum is currently the only ‘community voice’ that is dedicated to all of Bristol’s green spaces. We work with Bristol City Council to ensure our parks & green spaces are well looked after and to help local groups enhance their green spaces.

The primary aims of the Bristol Parks Forum are:

• To campaign to protect and enhance all public green space in the City of Bristol
• To influence decision making, including resources allocation, on a local and national level, affecting parks and green spaces in the city.
• To act as a key consultation body on parks and green spaces in the city.
• To offer an opportunity to share ideas and experience.

The terms ‘Parks’ or ‘Parks & Green Spaces’ on this website (and in the Forum’s name) refer to all publicly accessible green space. This includes the city’s wonderful large estates, nature reserves and various informal areas of green space as well as traditional parks and play areas. Most (but not all) of these are owned and managed by Bristol City Council. Links to maps and other information can be seen here.

Any community group with an interest in any type of green space in Bristol is welcome to join the Parks Forum. A list of current members can be seen here.

Bristol Parks Forum Terms of Reference

Parks & Green Spaces – Future Funding

Following a consultation that closed in January 2018 a paper on future funding parks was approved at the Cabinet meeting on 1st May 2018. The meeting papers also included the responses to the consultation.
Papers for Cabinet meeting 1st May 2018 (see Agenda item 9)
BPF Statement to Cabinet meeting
Summary of the proposals listed in the consultation
The consultation followed our presentation of a petition to the Full Council meeting on 14th November 2017. There were also over 60 public forum statements in support. We were pleased that Cllr Asher Craig responded to the debate by agreeing to drop the proposals to make parks ‘cost neutral’.

Together with similar forums across the UK, Bristol Parks Form are members of the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces


Bristol Parks Forum are members of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership