About VPAG


Park Overview

Victoria Park takes up 60 acres of Bristol, just to the South of the city centre, in between the districts of Totterdown and Windmill Hill. You will find various features including a water maze, an enclosed childrens' play area, a natural gym, marked run routes, a bowling club, a tennis club and skate park.

Click here to find Victoria Park on a map

Current Elected Committee

Chairman; Heritage Bid lead: Shaun Hennessy
Vice Chair: Rob Porteous
Secretary: Andrew Campbell
Treasurer: Annie Hutton
Membership Co-Ordinator: Andrew Brown
Fun Day Organiser: Shaun Hennessy
Friends of Victoria Park Co-ordinator: Emma-Jane Richards
Photographer: David Smith
Dark Sky Co-ordinator: Kerry Smith
Website Editor; Media Co-ordinator: David Smith
Wildlife Group Co-ordinator: Alex Morss; Gavin Smith
Community gardener: Luke Keen
Bench Co-ordinator: Andrew Campbell
Key Holder: Shaun Hennessy

Without Portfolio: 
Derek Adams, Mark Bailey, Gillie Harries, Christine Higgott, Elspeth Loades, Robin Richards

Foundations of VPAG

The Victoria Park Action Group was started in 2002 by people living near the park who wanted to preserve and improve its facilities.

Initially, the only purpose of the group was to raise funds for new play equipment. In 2003, its aims were widened to include the more general maintenance and rehabilitation of the park.

VPAG is now a formally constituted voluntary group with around 100 members and some challenging goals for the improvement of Victoria Park.

Working together with Bristol City Council, the police and youth workers, VPAG is improving the facilities and infrastructure, discouraging crime and vandalism and promoting legitimate use of the park by all members of the community.

We have achieved a lot, but we need your help to bring about some of the dramatic changes we have planned for the park in the next few years. Can you spare a little time to help VPAG achieve even more? If so, please contact us and join the group today.

VPAG meets every month usually at the Bowling Club (for more details on the next meeting check the homepage). If you care about the park and want to see it improved, please come along and share your ideas or just give your support and meet new people.


What has VPAG achieved so far?
  • Won more than £40,000 in grants to provide new play equipment for young children near the Park Lodge.
  • Obtained a grant of £3,000 for a feasibility study on the Park Lodge, which VPAG plans to turn into a community facility, including a café and children's play area.
  • Won a European grant worth over £100,000 to provide more facilities in the park for teenagers and young people.
  • Set up a ground-breaking Parkwatch scheme to improve security and reduce anti-social behaviour.
  • Started work on the Victoria Park Improvement Plan which will determine the future development and improvement of the park.
  • Organised annual events including a Family Fun Day, Dog Show, Easter Egg Hunt, Picnic In The Park and Bonfire Night.
  • Repaired many of the benches in the park using £1,000 obtained from the City Council.
  • Had new vandalproof benches installed, along with more dog litter bins and 4 noticeboards.
  • Organised litter-picking, gardening days and tree plantings.
  • Secured the services a park keeper, to improve maintenance and security.

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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Photos courtesy of Anna Brooke