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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Improving the access to the pond

Posted by Jo Corke on December 13, 2014 at 19:42 0 Comments

10th December 2014.

Phil and Andy, BCC staff who have been working on the Pond Access Improvement project, expect the work to be finished before Christmas.

13th Dec. The wooden walkway is almost complete…


Bristol TreeForum

Posted by Fo SAP on November 30, 2014 at 13:10 4 Comments

Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees –

Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees – You may have heard of last Thursday’s Royal Society report about cities needing to adapt to the effects of climate change. Within the report it recommends planting lots more trees in cities and up on the hills. It predicts…


Bird walk 16 November

Posted by Des Bowring on November 16, 2014 at 17:32 6 Comments

By recent standards this was a fairly uneventful walk, but it was enlivened at the end by Simon spotting a Sparrowhawk. The list in full: 

Sparrowhawk - 1 soaring above the park. A fairly large and stocky bird meant that this was likely to have been a female

Chaffinch - a few showed well

Goldfinch - good numbers feeding in the treetops

Starling - several

Woodpigeon -…


Bristol Parks Forum

Posted by Jo Corke on November 8, 2014 at 13:13 11 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…


Still clearing the pond

Posted by Jo Corke on November 3, 2014 at 15:30 0 Comments

November 2nd.  We have done several sessions of pond clearing since we last posted in October.  We are definitely winning!

More good news - the work to complete the access to the back of the pond is likely to start again soon. Watch this…


Bird walk 19 October

Posted by Des Bowring on October 19, 2014 at 17:06 2 Comments

Very occasionally something unusual turns up in the park. In the past we've had Waxwings, a Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and the odd fly-over Peregrine or Buzzard. Nothing quite prepared us for this morning's star bird, however. Short-eared Owls breed on moorland in the north and west of the UK and at this time of year move to coastal sites in the south for the winter. We also get an influx of birds from mainland Europe in most autumns. To see one flying only at tree height over…


Clearing the pond

Posted by Jo Corke on October 16, 2014 at 18:06 0 Comments

October 15th and undeterred by the weather 4 of us joined forces to do some more clearing of the overgrown pond. Becky, Simon, Jo and Maureen, taking the photo.

If you look at it today you can see what we have done so far. We will be there…


Three 'green' talks at the Bishopston Society AGM on Sept 29th 2014 may be of interest

Posted by Simon Randolph on October 1, 2014 at 11:24 1 Comment

All three talks were about local volunteers taking on neighbourhood initiatives to develop green areas for the benefit and use of the  community. A summary of these very interesting talks can be seen here:

Bird walk 21 September 2014

Posted by Des Bowring on September 21, 2014 at 16:36 0 Comments

Not a bad morning considering the leaves on the trees making bird spotting rather difficult. The full list as follows:

Great Spotted Woodpecker - one female showed well near the pond

Jay - two or three showing well

Coal Tit - one gave good views near the pond

Mistle Thrush - one near the toilets

Blue Tit - one or two

Great Tit - several calling and one singing

Robin - several songsters

Blackbird - two or three including a juvenile and…



Posted by Jo Corke on September 9, 2014 at 17:16 0 Comments

The UK has 59 species of resident butterflies (Avon Wildlife Trust, Spring 2014).

In the park we have recorded 6 species which are below. If you search the photos on the website for 'Butterfly' you can read more about them.…



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December 11


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Jo Corke left a comment for rachel hicks
"Hi Rachel, If you want to join the Bowls club, they are looking for members. If you contact Admin on this site he will put you in touch with the Secretary. Jo"
Dec 13
Jo Corke posted a blog post

Improving the access to the pond

10th December 2014.Phil and Andy, BCC staff who have been working on the Pond Access Improvement project, expect the work to be finished before Christmas.13th Dec. The wooden walkway is almost complete and they have begun to lay the non-slip wire surface and to level the ground ready for planting in the spring.The pond will be…See More
Dec 13
rachel hicks joined Fo SAP's group

St Andrew’s Park & Kildare Bowling Club

The club has matches in the summer, starting in mid April and finishing at the end of September. Friendly matches are played on Saturdays and Wednesday afternoons.  League fixtures are usually on Thursday evenings.See More
Dec 12
Fo SAP left a comment for naomi bearne
"Hi Naomi, I will try to find out more; I believe it is planned for Thursday 18th December and it begins at 6.30 p.m. While it is to be lower key than previously, As it will be held in a public park  I believe anyone can attend. Maybe someone…"
Dec 4
Toby OCM replied to Toby OCM's discussion Unmowed flowerbeds - no sledging
"Flowerbeds mowed.  Now let it snow!"
Dec 4
janie jones left a comment for Fo SAP
"Thanks Jo, couldn't make this one but hope to make the next. Cheers Janie"
Dec 4
naomi bearne left a comment for Fo SAP
"Hi, Thanks. No I am not organising anything, sorry. I was just trying to find out when the Christmas carols in the park were happening. Sorry for any confusion. N"
Dec 4
Fo SAP left a comment for naomi bearne
"Hi Naomi and wlcome to the website. This year St Barts is not organising a Christmas Carol concert.  However, I believe a meeting to sing carols in the park is being organised; perhaps this is by yourself? If so, do you want to post it as an…"
Dec 4
Simon Randolph posted a photo
Dec 3
naomi bearne is now a member of Friends Of St Andrews Park
Dec 3
Fo SAP left a comment for Kerry Chester
"Hi Kerry, If you email I can give you the info - email is easier for communication in this instance, Jo"
Nov 30

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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