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

Most play areas in Bristol are now open – see Council guidance here

Government guidance – what you can do & can’t do

Government Guidance on access to green spaces

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Volunteering during the Coronavirus Crisis – Updated 8th July 2020

Volunteering in parks to carry out litterpicks, watering of trees, gardening type tasks or nature conservation work is now permitted in socially distanced groups of up to 6 people or by individuals or a maximum of two people from different households or support bubbles working together.

All volunteers must follow Bristol Parks protocols and risk assessments, follow the link below for more details.

To control numbers and ensure everyone’s safety, group sessions will need to have a system of prebooking, the dates and times of sessions should not be publicly advertised in advance.

Note the changes that took effect from 4th July did not change the guidance on group sizes being limited to SIX.

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Bristol 24/7 Opinion Piece – Bristol’s open spaces have been a lifeline for many people during lockdown

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:

Saturday 17th October 10am – 11.30am – Meeting & AGM  – this meeting will be on zoom, details will be sent via our mailing list nearer the date.

See our Meetings page for details.

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

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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