Volunteering in Parks

Volunteering and Covid-19

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 now that the restrictions have been eased.

The new protocol will cover the actions that need to be taken to prevent the spread of the virus, for example it will not be possible to share tools in the same way that it was before.

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 following the following guidance:

Bristol City Council – Individual Volunteering Protocol – Updated 20th May

Health and Safety Training

Note training is currently suspended due to Covid-19

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Many Park Group members want to improve their park by carrying out tasks such as adding planting schemes or cutting back bramble or scrub to improve sites for wildlife.

Bristol Parks encourages these efforts but needs to ensure that they are carried out safely both for those taking part and for other park users. Bristol Parks will provide training to groups and once this has been undertaken volunteers carrying out agreed tasks will be covered by Bristol City Council’s insurance.

The training means that volunteers leading guided walks have insurance cover.

Training is for 5 to 8 people on each course and Bristol Parks will put on courses as required (including for specific groups in their own areas). If you would like to attend a course please use the link at the top of this page.

The Health & Safety Pack and forms that you will use once you have add your training can be downloaded from the Council’s website here.

Group Pledge & Charter

Bristol City Council Parks Service recognises the positive value of ‘Park Groups’ to our parks and their users. This value is at its greatest when both parties are committed to a constructive, cooperative working relationship.

This pledge is to capture the positive intention of both parties and help ensure the management and development of parks & green spaces is supported by both parties in order to do the best for the local community. It is not intended as a legal document or contract.

Groups may wish to sign the ‘Pledge’ and may find it useful in that it gives a degree of official status and sets out what both they and Bristol parks Service can expect. There is no requirement for groups to sign.

Alongside the pledge there is a ‘Bristol Parks Volunteering Charter’ that sets out how the Parks Service works with volunteers.

Parks Group Pledge (Updated June 2020)

Bristol Parks Volunteering Charter (Updated June 2020)

Bristol City Council Volunteering Policy