Welcome to the Victoria Park Action Group website

We hope you'll enjoy using this website, and help VPAG to help Victoria Park. You can also visit us on
our Facebook page (Victoria Park, Bristol) and follow us on Twitter @vpagbristol

Become a friend of the park by visiting www.thefriendsofvictoriapark.co.uk/

Did you know that Victoria Park is a dark sky discovery site? Find out more Dark Sky Discovery Website.

VPAG Meetings
Every month we meet to discuss various things relating to Victoria Park including upcoming events, any issues that have arisen and ongoing projects, like creating the play areas, wildlife areas, mending benches and many more things.

Our next meeting will be on 3rd July 2017 at the Bowling Club, from 7:30 til 9pm, everyone welcome.

We're all volunteers who care about the park and we welcome anyone who wishes to come along and see what we do. If you fancy volunteering but aren't really sure, we don't ask for any commitment just the occasional help when you're available. Typical things we require help with are usually when we have an event, so it could be helping to put up gazebos, being a warden for the bonfire night, weeding and planting, delivering flyers or designing a poster. If this is something that you want to know more about feel free to come to one of our meetings or get in touch.

(Posted 14th July) Wildlife Walk Saturday 15th July 2:30-4pm
There are still some places left for a wildflower wander around Victoria Park in south Bristol to discover more about the plants found here and the wildlife they support. This is a 1.5 hour gentle ramble around the park, led by botanist Alex Morss. It's a great time to see lots of natives in flower, largely thanks to efforts by many volunteers including hundreds of primary school children, who have been so busy helping us to improve the wildlife habitat here, including sowing, growing and creating mini meadows, building a willow tunnel, coppicing the woods and recording the surprising and often hidden wildlife. The park is home to at least 450 species, including 200+ types of plant.

BOOKING

Free. Open to all ages. Please book, numbers are limited. You will be contacted re meeting place. 
Please provide contact details in case of cancellation etc.

ACCESS

Access is mostly easy going on paths, but includes some areas of steep slopes and long grass. 

QUESTIONS

Email info@alexmorss.co.uk

You can register for the walk at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wildflower-walk-with-victoria-park-wildlife-group-tickets-36041751850


(Posted 10th July) Bench Mending Report
There was another Bench mending session on the 8th July. Thanks to Andrew Campbell, Christine Higgott and Mark Bailey for all their hard work. If you'd like to get involved the next session will be on Saturday 5th August 10-12.30. Meet at the Lodge by Mrs Brown's Cafe.





(Posted 21st June) Update on proposals for the Filwood Quietway through Victoria Park

We wish to advise you of new plans for the Filwood Quietway cycle path through Victoria Park, and to tell you how you can have your say on the proposals.

After the Council withdrew the previous planning application in January, local residents formed a group called Forward Together and have held three meetings with council officers. During these meetings we have tried to express the opinions of the majority of local residents who objected to the Council’s previous plan.

Route. The Council made it clear that an alternative route outside the park would not be considered. Therefore a route is being proposed (see map) following an existing path. (This would include improving and relocating the entrance to the Natural Play Area so that it would not open directly onto the path.)



Width. The proposed path would be a maximum of 3m wide (except for the section near St Mary Redcliffe Primary School where it is already slightly more than 3m wide). It would continue to be shared-use with pedestrian priority.

Entrances. Barriers would be retained at the entrances, but the design changed slightly to improve access for wheelchairs, mobility scooters, buggies and bicycles.

Trees and wildlife. No trees would be removed and the trees and shrubs in the wildlife corridor along the railway line would not be damaged (but see lighting below).

Lighting. Lighting is a difficult issue because of the impact on bats, other wildlife and the park’s ‘dark sky’ status. The Council said they will not consider an alternative to 4.7m-tall standard lamp-posts, and they propose lighting the whole route. We expressed concerns about the impact this would have on the park. As a compromise, we suggested shorter lamp-posts more in keeping with a Victorian Park, and lighting only part of the route from the school towards St Luke’s Road to allow people to exit the park and use the pavements/roads which are already lit at night.

Timetable for consultation. The Council is undertaking informal consultation between June 12 and 26 to obtain feedback on the new design, before a formal planning application is submitted in July. 

Public meeting

As part of the informal consultation a public meeting

 was held at St Michael and All Angels Church June 19th.

Your opinion is important - informal feedback is open until 26th June

 You can leave you comments at

https://victoriaparkbristol.commonplace.is/overview

 

For details of any further developments, please consult the display board near Mrs Brown’s Café or keep visiting the VPAG website at www.vpag.org.uk 

THANK YOU ………….

You will already have heard that as the result of overwhelming opposition Bristol City Council has withdrawn its application for the cycle path through Victoria Park. Thank you to everyone who listened to our concerns, considered the proposal and registered your objections – over 600 of you mostly living within the immediate vicinity of the park, but also including local groups such as TRESA, the governors of St Mary Redcliffe, the Northern Slopes Initiative, Bristol Parks Forum and our MP Karen Smyth.

VPAG believe it is important to encourage cycling and walking in South Bristol, and we support the concept of the Filwood Quietway. We hope that we can find a way forward in which the Filwood Quietway project can proceed for the benefit of communities in South Bristol without negative impacts on our park and local community. In view of this, Forward Together has been formed which is a group of local residents and community groups, with the aim of entering into dialogue with Bristol City Council to explore alternatives to the route proposed in planning application 16/06497/F.

Please continue to visit www.vpag.org.uk or look at the display board by Mrs Brown’s Café for the latest news.









VPAG News

  • Long grass As part of their cost-saving measures, Bristol City Council has decided to leave some areas of grass uncut in parks throughout the city this summer. Instead of being cut ...
    Posted 3 Aug 2015, 00:48 by Claire Fenwick
  • Roctagon Installation Hi all We have a chance to purchase some climbing equipment for the park from Redpoint Climbing Centre. It is in the form of bouldering equipment that the centre no ...
    Posted 1 May 2015, 05:23 by Claire Fenwick
  • Dogs On Leads Zone Consultation You may or may not be aware that VPAG is holding a consultation regarding a 'Dogs On Leads Zone' near the café and playground. Please see the attached for full ...
    Posted 9 Apr 2015, 00:11 by Claire Fenwick
  • Get Bristol Buzzing The VPAG wildlife group and Victoria Park is involved in the Get Bristol Buzzing campaign, aimed at improving urban habitats  for pollinator species by creating more nectar and pollen-rich ...
    Posted 9 Feb 2015, 07:44 by Claire Fenwick
  • Wildlife areas for Victoria Park VPAG wildlife group have sent the following article to BS3 magazine.Victoria Park is a large green space within a built up urban environment, and on the surface this may ...
    Posted 13 Jan 2015, 04:35 by Claire Fenwick
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Diary of Events

  • Sunday 16th April - Easter Egg Hunt (2-4pm)
  • Saturday 6th May - Skyline Walk (11am from Knowle)
  • Saturday 20th May - Bench Mending
  • Saturday 17th June - Picnic in the Park (national Great Get Together weekend)
  • Saturday 24th June - Bench Mending
  • Saturday 8th July - Bench Mending
  • Saturday 5th August - Bench Mending
  • Saturday 2nd September - Bench Mending
  • Saturday 16th September - Festival
  • October (dates TBC) - Art on the Hill
  • Sunday 5th November - Bonfire
  • December (date TBC) - Carols in the Park

This superb copperplate etching by award-winning Totterdown artist Ros Ford captures the timelessness of Victoria Park. The detail is astonishing, yet the etching evokes the spirit and freedom of the park with the playful kite and the wide, open spaces.  Ros has kindly permitted us to put this image on the VPAG website. You can see more examples of Ros’s inspirational work by visiting www.ros-ford.co.uk


(Posted 29th May) Wildflower beds news
Thanks #GoodGymBristol for your help again this & last weekend on Victoria Park's community/school pollinator areas and willow tunnel.  You are like a magic wand for conservation groups! 

We now have clear post markers & information signage to indicate where the native planting areas are, needed because they are not always obvious to mowers until they flower, especially as they nestle in among long grass.

These designated pollinator flower areas are important year-round for a wide range of invertebrates, even while they look green and insignificant. They support lots of caterpillar species and many other invertebrates, several species of hungry bats and hunting tawny owls too.

Led by our park Wildlife Group, they are the result of a lot of hard work by volunteers and school children at St Mary Redcliffe Primary, Victoria Park Primary, GoodGym, Woodcraft Elfins and support from Avon Wildlife Trust & Butterfly Conservation.



(Posted 13th January) Caution!

VPAG have received a report that sharp screws were found Thursday 12th Jan on the path between Mrs Browns and the skate/play park. We do not know if they had been dropped or left there deliberately.


VPAG condemn anti-social behaviour of any type that could harm any park user.


If you see anything similar:

·        Clear it up if possible and safe to do so – thanks

·        Contact Bristol Council on  bristolparks@bristol.gov.uk  to report the issue

·        Tell us by contacting VPAG at info@treasuremind.org or post a tweet including @vpagbristol


Let’s keep Victoria Park a great environment for everyone.

Graffiti - a problem where you live? 

There have been reports of graffiti in the Windmill Hill area, we are working with Bristol City Council to tackle these issues, but we need your help.

 

·        When you see graffiti, report it: 

Report what, where (the precise location) and whether it’s offensive to the Police on 999 (if it’s in progress) or 101 (if it’s already happened) to report it as a crime. This helps us keep track of where graffiti is occurring. You can also report it for removal to Bristol City Council by calling 0117 922 2100 or online: www.bristol.gov.uk/reportgraffitiform .

·         Fill out an ‘indemnity form’ which gives permission for graffiti to be removed from your property by the Council’s cleansing teams. More information online here: www.bristol.gov.uk/graffiti

 

More information on graffiti:

·         The Council aims to remove any undesirable graffiti from public areas

·         Racist and other offensive graffiti will normally be removed within one working day of the Council receiving permission to remove it.

·         All other graffiti will normally be removed within three days of the Council receiving permission to remove it (ie if on private property)

·         Graffiti on bus shelters: Call Clearchannel Adshel on 0800 731 3699.

‘Clearchannel Adshel’ are responsible for the maintenance of bus shelters. Please report all maintenance issues, including graffiti and smashed windowpanes. Make a note of the two numbers on the roof line e.g. 1102 1182


VPAG Calendars 2017 reduced to clear -
only £1 (plus £1 p+p)
Yes, following the success of last year's calendar, this year we have two to choose from. The Victoria Park Action Group calendar presents images of events and seasons, whilst Alex Morss of the Wildlife Group has provided images and information for our Victoria Park Action Park Wildflower Calendar.

The calendars can be ordered online at http://bit.ly/2dSmgrX with all profits going to the Victoria Park Action Group.