Long grass

posted 3 Aug 2015, 00:27 by Claire Fenwick   [ updated 3 Aug 2015, 00:48 ]

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 12 times a year, like the rest of the park, the long grass areas will only be cut once, in the Autumn. The Council plans to review the success of this policy at the end of August, and is inviting comments from members of the public. If you have any thoughts or comments about the long grass in Victoria Park, please pass these on to the park maintenance team before the end of August by emailing parksmaintenance.review@bristol.gov.uk

Roctagon Installation

posted 1 May 2015, 05:23 by Claire Fenwick

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 longer need so is half price.

The proposed location is in the corner near the junction of St Luke's Road/Hill Avenue. The boulders can be installed on grass, however the council have insisted on matting underneath for maintenance and saftey purposes. The area affected would be approximately a 10m square area of park, of which  approx. 60-70%% would need to be matting.

I have agreed in principle with the council that this can be installed, provided the local residents have been fully consulted. Hence this consultation.

Please see the attached for all the details and a means of making your opinion known.

You can also find an online survey here:


If the consultation proves supportive, then I'll actively attempt to source the funds required.

Please forward to any other groups that you think will be interested.

I will also place some surveys as Mrs Browns and I will be delivering letters to the houses that look over the proposed site.



Dogs On Leads Zone Consultation

posted 9 Apr 2015, 00:11 by Claire Fenwick

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 details.

You can return the attached to Mrs Browns Café or to My address: 66 Fraser St. BS3 4LY

If you would like to fill in the questionnaire online instead, here is the

link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QMHHVLT

If you would like a paper copy to fill out, Mrs Browns will have some more available soon.

The document states that the consultation will close on the 13th April, however I will accept responses for a further week so anyone returning from Easter Holidays has time to organise a response.

Please forward this document or publicise the link to whomever you think will want to participate in the consultation.

Get Bristol Buzzing

posted 9 Feb 2015, 07:44 by Claire Fenwick

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 flower areas. 

Victoria Park has already taken part in wildflower meadow creation via a University of Bristol research project, but there are now hopes to do even more.

The Bristol Pollinators Summit was held today, hosted in @ Bristol.

You can read about it here:


The Project partners would like feedback on the draft Strategy aimed at improving urban habitats for pollinators in Bristol. To find out more, or give your comments, visit here: (consultation deadline is Monday 15th Feb). 

Project info here:


And here:


Online survey is here: 



Wildlife areas for Victoria Park

posted 13 Jan 2015, 04:35 by Claire Fenwick

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 look good for wildlife. But with clean cut turf, no wetland area and a lack of pollinating flora, the park offers little in terms of food or shelter for non human users.

Twenty years ago a Wildlife Group in Victoria Park established two small areas of woodland, created a pond and agreed large areas of meadow grass within the Council’s Park Plan.  Then parks management went through a sadly neglected phase and the wildlife areas declined.

Now, under the umbrella of the Victoria Park Action Group, a new wildlife group has been established. A public consultation exercise was carried out last year and a development plan drawn up. Negotiations were initiated with Bristol City Parks.  The steeper grass slopes on the north side of the park are again under a ‘no-cut’ - actually to be cut once a year in autumn – regime, with visible temporary notices declaring ‘Wildlife Area, home to wildflowers, creepy-crawlies, bees, birds and bats’. 

Both the local primary schools, St Mary Redcliffe and Victoria Park, have expressed an interest in these areas as an educational resource. Meanwhile, the Wildlife Group is about to begin work preparing wildflower beds (the University of Bristol has already undertaken a trial area for a couple of years on the eastern slope) and hopes later to undertake some coppicing work in the woodlands. Anyone wishing to join the conservation volunteers should contact the Victoria Park Action Group via the web.

Save Bristol's Skyline

posted 7 Mar 2014, 02:21 by Claire Fenwick

You may or may not be aware of a development of St Catherine's Place - an area between East St and Malago Rd.

This area has been in need of development for some time, but the proposed plans have caused some controversy amongst the community.

VPAG itself is constitutionally bound to be neutral in matters beyond Victoria Park, however as views from the park will be affected, we feel it is appropriate to make sure the membership is aware of this development.

Attached is an open letter from a group opposed to the development, however within the letter there is a link to the application website where you can find all the supporting documents for the development.

If you have an opinion either supporting or opposing this development, the website also offers a means for you to share your thoughts to the planning officers.

Wildlife Consultation

posted 11 Sep 2013, 03:03 by Claire Fenwick

Have your say. Please take a look at the attached proposals to help wildlife in the park. The deadline for comments is 31st October. You can view the map on the VPAG stall on Saturday 14th September.

Wildflower Meadow to be Created

posted 28 May 2013, 04:30 by Claire Fenwick   [ updated 28 May 2013, 04:30 ]

A mown area of grass in the park bordering St Mary Redcliffe Primary school could become a wildflower meadow under plans being drawn up by the Victoria Park Action Group.

The group is working with Bristol City Council, which owns the land, to turn this area of the park from mown grass into a colourful meadow of bee-friendly flowers. This would help to improve the bio-diversity of the park, providing an ideal environment for pollinators.

The park already has one area that has been set aside as a wildflower meadow, on the east-facing slope above the water maze. Now the plan is for the grassy banks to the north and east of the school’s boundary to be converted to a meadow as well.

VPAG’s Wildlife Sub-group, led by Gavin Smith, has applied to The Co-operative’s Plan Bee project for a grant to purchase wildflower seed to plant in the area.

The school is enthusiastic about the project and there are plans for children to use the area as an outdoor classroom, particularly for practical science studies. It is also hoped that pupils can be involved with the planting of the area.

Next Neighbourhood Forum meeting

posted 19 May 2013, 04:56 by Claire Fenwick

The next Neighbourhood Forum meeting is on Wednesday 26th June 2013, between 19:00 – 21:00 at the Star and Dove Pub.

Have your say!

posted 25 Feb 2013, 01:29 by Claire Fenwick

VPAG are holding a consultation on what could be included in a bid for funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Grants of a few million pounds are possible, so we need your input to help decide what to bid for.

Ideas can include anything for the park or indeed uses for a renovated park lodge.

Please make your opinions known via an online questionaire located here:


All opinions are welcome!

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