Category Archives: Green Spaces

SEARCH Group cleanup of Crow Lane Green Space and Hazel Brook

This group is not just “all talk” as will be evident from Cheryl Hudson’s report below: –

“In an effort to help keep Crow Lane open space clean and tidy the Henbury& Brentry SEARCH group had another community clean up on on Friday 14th June. At the back of some of the houses leading onto the open space there were items such as mattresses, a quilt and bedding covers, a suitcase, a scaffolding bar and various other stuff that had been dumped there. Some residents even climbed into the river to retrieve 6 shopping trolleys that had been dumped there. We had at least 10 bags of general rubbish and litter that we picked up, which had just been thrown down even though there are bins available.

Although the weather was wet when we started out it did clean and we even saw some sunshine.”

And some of the rubbish and all the team are visible in these photos

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2013/14 Community First Round now open

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Apply for Funding

The third year’s Community First funding for 2013/14 is now open for applications. The first deadline for applications is 12noon on Monday 24th June 2013. There is a total of £8,488 in the 2013/14 Community First allocation for Henbury/Brentry.

2013/2014 Deadlines:

12noon on Monday 24th June 2013

12noon on Tuesday 27th August 2013

These are the Fund Priorities:

  • Providing activities and things to do for young people
  • Supporting activities for older people that combat isolation, including for  minority ethnic older people
  • Supporting improved communication in Henbury and Brentry and getting older and young people working together
  • Developing a Community Centre for Henbury and Brentry
  • Getting people using green spaces and allotments across Henbury and Brentry

For any support or to discuss your application contact keith.houghton@bristol.gov.uk  Telephone 0117 9222135

Download the application form and guidelines below:

H B Application Form Mar 2013 v3.00

H B Guidelines for applicants 2013 v5.00

 

 

 

Community First Funding Round Open

Henbury and Brentry’s Community First fund is now open for applications. The deadline for applications for the 2011/12 fund is Monday 16th April. The Fund has £5,624 to allocate by 30th June 2012. These are the Fund Priorities:

  • Providing activities and things to do for young people
  • Supporting activities for older people that combat isolation, including for  minority ethnic older people
  • Supporting improved communication in Henbury and Brentry and getting older and young people working together
  • Developing a Community Centre for Henbury and Brentry
  • Getting people using green spaces and allotments across Henbury and Brentry

Download application forms and Guidance

 You can get an Application Form here and Community First Guidance here

Want help with your application?

Contact Keith Houghton on 0117 9222135 or e-mail: henburyandbrentryward.bristol@hotmail.co.uk

 

Okebourne Community Garden Activities

The old Okebourne allotment site has been cleared and is currently being restored for use. A small group of volunteers is working to build part of the site out as a community garden, including some group raised beds of various shapes and sizes to enable local residents of all ages to participate. On Saturday, March 24th, from 10:30 volunteers will help prepare the soil (which has already been cleared), mark paths, and apply some weed control membrane to parts of the site.

Additional help is welcome.

If you’d like to participate or share ideas about how the site should be developed, please contact us – email “info at friendsofokebourne.org” or visit our website – http://allotments.friendsofokebourne.org for more details. We’ve also posted some pictures of the recent clearing activities here: http://allotments.friendsofokebourne.org/news/clearinghasbegun

Friends of Crow Lane Open Spaces – Bird and Bat boxes

The group has been keen to encourage the diversity of our wilder open spaces and has been instrumental in arranging for the Bristol City Council Parks & Green Spaces Dept to erect a number of boxes in the area.

The council team of Becky Coffin, Peter Watts and John Andreoletti came to the Aldi car park on the morning of 28th October 2011 with the boxes and ladders and with the FOCLOS members in attendance ( H&S considerations kept us firmly on the ground!) proceeded to erect 6 bird boxes and two bat boxes.

Press this link to view some photos of the hard work put in by the team

Decisions on our Green Spaces – well some!

On 16th December Bristol City Council Cabinet announced their decisions on which areas will be sold off for development. The full decsion paper can be read here but in summary for Henbury and Brentry areas the decisions are:
Crow Lane area – decision deferred.
Arnall Drive (S) – to be sold but with provision for play facilities.
Arnall Drive (N Crow Lane) – may not be sold due to flood risk.
Brentry Hill – to be sold
Elderberry Walk – area to be sold to be reduced with preference for housing
Okebourne Road – will not be sold.

Green Spaces – ideas & proposed development areas

Starting mid June and running until 29th October 2010 Bristol City Council is holding public consultation on the ideas and possible housing developments affecting our green spaces.

In order to see the ideas you need to go to here (page 11 for Okebourne Road space and page 17 for Crow Lane) but to get a view of all the sites you have to go to this page . You can also look at the copies held by the library but they do not have any  to take away.

Mark Weston has arranged for an information meeting on the proposals for Henbury & Brentry Ward at Emmanuel Chapel on Saturday 24th July at 10:00 am.

As you will note from the documents referenced above the green space proposals are being published for the whole Henbury and Southmead Neighbourhood Partnership. A Drop-In meeting for the whole area will be held on Monday 27th September at the Greenway Centre, Southmead from 12 noon to 20:00

You can make your comments on the proposals using this link

Green Space strategy funding

Extracted from Bristol’s Parks and Green Space Strategy adopted by the Council in February 2008

It is estimated that achieving a ‘good’ standard of provision across the whole parks and green space network will cost £87million in capital funding (at 2006 prices) over the 20 year life of the strategy. Money for this will come from a number of sources including contributions from developers in the city (est £15m), external funding sources such as the lottery (est £21m), monies raised from the sale of some green space (est £41m) and from the council’s core budget for Bristol Parks services (est £10m). The council’s usual policy is that all receipts from asset disposals should go into a ‘single capital pot’ for distribution to overall priorities but in this case 70% will be ring fenced for reinvestment back into parks and green spaces.

The achievement of the strategy will be geared to the pace at which capital can be generated; this is why disposal of some land is essential if its ambitious quality improvements are to be realised. It is important to emphasise that it is not the council’s intention to keep selling land until the funding requirements of the strategy are achieved, irrespective of the importance and ‘value’ of the space to the community. On the contrary, should there be insufficient ‘low value’, marginal land available once the area planning process has been concluded, the council will review the ambitions of the strategy and consider alternative funding sources.