For anyone that uses the beautiful park in St Andrews, Bristol. We want to keep it beautiful and an asset for the local people and those who travel from further away to enjoy activities including paddling, sliding, walking, scooting, running or just sitting!

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Bristol Parks Forum

Posted by Jo Corke on May 24, 2017 at 17:36 3 Comments

Bristol Parks Forum is the umbrella organisation for community park groups and organisations in the city with an interest in their local parks and green spaces.

You can find their website here  In the Meetings section you will find the Minutes of previous…


BCC freeze on non-essential spending.

Posted by Fo SAP on December 2, 2016 at 18:12 1 Comment

  We have received the following message from Gemma Dando, BCC there is particularly disappointing news about the Head of Parks role. Three members of the BPF committee had taken part in the recent recruitment process.…


Pesticides in Parks

Posted by Fo SAP on November 12, 2016 at 17:00 2 Comments

During 2016 BCC conducted some trials of glyphosate-free maintenance of parks and open spaces.

St Andrews Park volunteered to trial no glyphosate treatment of the Spiral florals near the Leopold Road side of the park.

An interim report on the trial has been produced by BCC.

This is also a  …


FoSAP Constitution V7

Posted by Fo SAP on October 13, 2016 at 10:43 1 Comment

Attached is the current Version 7 agreed at the AGM 15.4.14

This version has 2 addenda:

1. (25.2.14) outlining the Role of the Secretary

2. (11.10.16) Protocol for contact with Bristol City Council (BCC) officers.

If you have any comments you can raise them by…


pond gate repairs

Posted by Jo Corke on September 15, 2016 at 15:47 2 Comments

The park pond gate has been repaired.Thanks to Sarah Tyler, our efficient liaison link at BCC. 

Have a look over the fence and you can see that some tadpoles are still with us; others have already left for pastures…


Bird walks in the park - see you in January!

Posted by Des Bowring on September 12, 2016 at 12:10 0 Comments

The popular Sunday morning bird walks will be starting again in January 2017. Watch this space for more details!

Play Area development

Posted by Jo Corke on August 12, 2016 at 10:51 8 Comments

Play Area Update August 2016

The Play area convenors are Sarah and David Cemlyn.

August 2016.…


Bird walk 17 April

Posted by Des Bowring on April 17, 2016 at 16:25 2 Comments

A beautiful sunny morning and some suitably spring-like bird activity observed! The full list as follows:

Mistle Thrush - a nest was located (see Simon's photo) and at least one youngster was seen. Parent birds nearby. Excellent stuff!

Coal Tit - 1 in song

Blue Tit - a few heard and seen

Great Tit - several heard

Robin - 1 or 2

Blackbird - several…


RHS award submission

Posted by Fo SAP on April 4, 2016 at 13:17 2 Comments

We have applied for the 2015 RHS Award; the judges will visit on 20th and 21st July.

Our submission is…



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Fo SAP commented on Fo SAP's event 'Mid-summer Night's Dream'
"If you would like to volunteer to help in setting up for the event, please contact Paul at"
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Des Bowring replied to admin's discussion Litter
"Sadly, many of the people who 'need educating' are students who should know better. If they are our future, gawd help us....."
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Jo Corke commented on Jo Corke's blog post Bristol Parks Forum
"Newsletter 208 In this update:  Street Trees - Festival of Nature - Bristol Walk Fest - #30DaysWild - Green Squares Secret Gardens - New Twitter Account"
Des Bowring commented on Fo SAP's blog post Pesticides in Parks
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May 19
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May 10
Fo SAP left a comment for Lottie Wood
"Welcome to the website Lottie, You are right - it's a great place for dog walking and a cup of tea from Fay's Tea Garden. We hold regular meetings - the next is 24th May and you are most welcome to attend. The details are in the Events…"
May 10
Lottie Wood is now a member of Friends Of St Andrews Park
May 10
Fo SAP commented on Jo Corke's blog post Bristol Parks Forum
"Relevant to the financial issues of BCC, you might like to read and then support, by emailing the Councillor personally,  the letter to Councillor Craig which appears in this newsletter."
May 8
Fo SAP left a comment for Lori Chappelear
"Hello Lori, I hope that your first visit to the park will not be your last. There is always something of interest going on, besides it being a good place for a bit of peace and quiet. Jo; membership"
May 8
Fo SAP left a comment for Marko Dutka
"Welcome to the website, Marko. The war memorial is an interesting part of the park heritage. There are a couple of videos about the memorial on the website. If you are interested, I could put you in touch with Jenny Morris who is our heritage…"
May 8
Jo Corke commented on Jo Corke's blog post Bristol Parks Forum
"Bristol Parks Forum newsletter 207 In this update:  BPF Meeting 24th June - Open Letter to Cllr Asher Craig - Follow us on Twitter - Festival of Nature - Bristol Walk Fest - A Walk in the Park - Emailing Bristol Parks"
May 8

Wellington bomber memorial appeal - a fitting success

Many thanks to everyone who helped with the successful appeal.

The total income after we receive the final instalment from Bristol City Council will be £5,173.03. Of this we spent £3,982.87. The cost of the memorial itself, including installation, was £3,932.50.

This will leave us with the sum of £1,190.16 for maintenance and improvement to the memorial site area.

The £1,190.16 will be kept in with the FoSAP current account, but treated as ring-fenced funding.


Further information about the Wellington bomber that crashed into St. Andrews Park on 30th April 1941 can be found here

Video footage of the memorial service can be found here:


Bristol Parks Forum

Bristol Parks Forum is the umbrella organisation for community park groups and organisations in the city with an interest in their local parks and green spaces.

***** Notice boards have started appearing in our park! *****

I thought you might like to see the notice boards which were cemented into place this morning (10/01/2010), the finger post goes in tomorrow in the middle of the park near the café. A nice start for the year!

Best wishes,

Martin Weitz



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