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

Bristol’s parks (not play areas or any facilities) are open for exercise & open-air recreation. Please observe the 2m ‘Social Distancing’ advice.

Changes to what you can do in parks from Monday 1st June 2020

Government Guidance on access to green spaces – updated 1st June

All playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed.

From Monday 1st June you can spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines.

All group volunteering activities in Bristol’s parks under the Council’s insurance remain cancelled until further notice – a new protocol is being produced to allow these to resume as soon as possible.

Individuals, members of the same household or a maximum of two people from different households can carry out litterpicks, watering of trees or gardening type tasks.

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Parks Forum Vision

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

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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.

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Next Meeting:

To be confirmed when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

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

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