Today’s Council media press for Barnard Park transformation

This is the press release the Bristol City Council sent today:
“You are invited to send a photographer/reporter to a photocall at 10.30am on Thursday, May 24 to Barnard Park, open space opposite the shops in Crow Lane, BS10 7DR, to mark the launch of efforts to spruce up the area and win the Bristol in Bloom, Best Jubilee theme award.
Henbury’s Barnard Park set to raise the standard in the Bristol in Bloom, Best Jubilee Theme award

Residents in Henbury and Brentry are getting preparations for a right royal celebration under way with an event aimed at sprucing up Barnard Park and Crow Lane and winning the Bristol in Bloom, Best Jubilee Theme award for the local community. The event in Barnard Park on Thursday, May 24, is being funded by Henbury and Southmead Neighbourhood Partnership.

Two, specially-commissioned carved benches, using Sequoia wood from Ashton Court will feature in the park’s makeover. Local craftsman, Andy O’Neil, will use chainsaws to undertake the carving, which will take place in the park, starting on Tuesday, May 8. Park visitors are invited to see Andy at work.

 Carved into one of the benches will be an image of the royal crown, a diamond, the letters E.R. and the roman numerals LX (60). The second bench will have a winged back, reflecting the local links to Crow Lane.

There will also be the creation of three natural play features in the form of insects/animals for children to enjoy. Pupils from each of the local primary schools have chosen a name for their animal, which Andy will inscribe into the features.

A one-off design in the shape of a crown, measuring approximately ten metres square, will be planted using red, white and blue and yellow verbena grown in-house by the council nurseries at Blaise.  The local children from neighbouring schools will be invited to help the parks officers with the planting.

 To add to the Bristol in Bloom, Best Jubilee Theme award bid, local businesses, including shops and pubs, are being encouraged to join with local residents to spruce up their streets and gardens. During June the Crow Lane roundabout will be revamped and will feature a new carving approximately 15ft-high.

 Planting on the roundabout will also be enhanced.  Baskets of flowers with a Jubilee theme will be placed around the lampposts on Crow Lane to further enhance the overall look of the neighbourhood.”

 Everybody of our area should be proud of it and help to make this a long lasting transformation for Crow Lane. Whoever is interesting to help our area with the the Bristol in Bloom awards please contact.

For more information contact Teresa Crichton 0117 922 3190 or 07710 359959 or sent an email to 

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