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 June 12, 2016 at 16:36 2 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…


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…


Dawn Chorus at Narroways

Posted by Des Bowring on April 2, 2016 at 16:42 0 Comments

Hi all

I'll be leading a dawn chorus walk on Narroways Local Nature Reserve on Saturday 9 April. Full details here


Committee Meeting Dates

Posted by Fo SAP on March 23, 2016 at 14:42 1 Comment

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. Times and venues are advertised as an Event.

Minutes of previous meetings are posted in Forum.

Dates of meetings in 2016/17:-

       These meeting dates alternate between Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  All meetings will be held at St. Andrews Bowling Club, Derby Road unless otherwise agreed and will commence at 7.30 pm

       Please note that the…


Bird Walk 20th March 2016

Posted by Jon Mortin on March 22, 2016 at 19:58 1 Comment

An impressive 18 people (including 5 enthusiastic youngsters) turned up for this month's Birdwalk, led by Lois  (Des being away on ornithological adventures elsewhere). The weather was overcast and quite cold but we recorded 21 different bird species including a pair of Mistle Thrush and a flock of 20 Redwing. The full list was as follows:

Blackbird: a few seen

Blue Tit: seen and heard

Carrion Crow: 2 or 3

Chaffinch: a female seen

Coal Tit: 1…


Play Area development

Posted by Jo Corke on March 4, 2016 at 13:49 8 Comments

Play Area Update March 2016

The Play area convenors are Sarah and David Cemlyn.

Parks and Play Fund 2015/16

 Following the request at our meeting on 30th January, Gillian Douglas (Service Director for parks) has sent us the list of projects that Bristol Parks is working to deliver using the Mayor’s £500,000 parks and play fund for…


Bird walk 21 February

Posted by Des Bowring on February 21, 2016 at 17:00 0 Comments

Despite the wild wind and drizzle a few hardy souls turned up for this walk. There was a surprising amount of bird song despite the conditions and at least it was mild. The list in full:

Redwing - a count of 15 birds by one participant was very impressive

Starling - a mini-murmuration of 40 birds

Blackbird - a few

Dunnock - 1 or 2 heard

Blue Tit - seen by one of us

Great Tit - 1 by the bowling green

Long-tailed Tit - seen on 2…


Bird walk 17 Jan 2016

Posted by Des Bowring on January 17, 2016 at 13:49 2 Comments

Well I thought today would be a wash-out, with overcast conditions and drizzle putting everyone, including me, off the idea of birding in the park. How wrong could I be? It turned out to be a classic walk! The list is as follows:

Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1 seen well near the children's play area. A rare visitor to the park.

Redwing - a flock of up to 20 seen in the trees and feeding on the ground - a good…



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Des Bowring commented on Alison Griffies's photo

A horrible mess around the pond today

"The pond does seem to increasingly attract adolescents - there are always some young people sat there when I visit - most are no doubt OK but I can't help thinking the trend will lead to more rubbish being deposited. Short of piping…"
Alison Griffies commented on Des Bowring's photo

A forest of Wild Teasel in the meadow area today

"This is a lovely site! I added some seed cases from the Pink Campions and Ox eye daisies growing around the pond bank. Hopefully these will germinate and flower next summer."
Alison Griffies posted a photo

A horrible mess around the pond today

What can be done... I picked up approx 8 plastic bottles, 2 glass bottles, 4 cans, plastic wrappers, smoking paraphenalia etc etc from around the pond and in the wildflower area. Some more bottles in the pond which we will have to get out next week…
Fo SAP commented on Simon Randolph's photo

Calendula and other annuals still freely flowering in the annual flower beds, Oct 28th '15

"We have this query from a regular park user: some of the green fencing around the annual flower meadows has been removed, but some remains. Is that because someone has helped themselves to it, or is it part of a plan? Is the plan to remove it all at…"
Fo SAP commented on Des Bowring's photo

A forest of Wild Teasel in the meadow area today

"BCC has a special mower for wikdflower meadows which Mickey books to do the job. So just one man and his mower."
Des Bowring commented on Des Bowring's photo

A forest of Wild Teasel in the meadow area today

"Thanks for the info. Will it be one man, two men, three men, four men and his dog?"
Fo SAP commented on Des Bowring's photo

A forest of Wild Teasel in the meadow area today

""The arrangement is that we liaise with Mickey, our park keeper, when the meadow is to be mowed. We wait for the seeds to be produced, and either fall to the ground or be recycled via goldfinches etc, Then the mowings are left for a while…"
Des Bowring commented on Des Bowring's photo

A forest of Wild Teasel in the meadow area today

"When do they mow the meadow? I presume the teasels will be removed? "
Jo Corke commented on Des Bowring's photo

A forest of Wild Teasel in the meadow area today

"The goldfinches are going to love these later in the year."
Jo Corke left a comment for Kate Moira Green
"Hello Kate, I am so sorry to read of the theft of the instruments. The Police are the people to call ( you may have already done so, of course). We do not have any CCTV cameras in the park, though some houses in the neighbourhood may have them and…"
Simon Randolph posted photos
Des Bowring posted a photo

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:


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***** 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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