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Fo SAP commented on Dennis & Jenny Broe's photo

Henbury walking group admiring the wood cravings

"People come from afar, well Henbury, to see our treasures. I suspect Jenny Denis extolled the virtues of our park to the group. Let's all tell our friends to visit the park."
Jan 30
Doug Reid is attending Fo SAP's event

Open committee meeting at Derby Road Bowls Club

January 17, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Everyone is welcome to the meetings of the committee. If you have not been before you will get a good welcome, so we hope to see you there.The Agenda is here.The minutes of Dec 7th are…See More
Jan 17
Fo SAP left a comment for Robert Duxbury
"Welcome to the website Robert. If you want to meet other Friends of the Park then do come along to one of our committee meetings; you will be most welcome. The next on is 17Jan and details are in the Events on this website. Jo membership."
Jan 15
A discussion started by Fo SAP was featured

Minutes 7.12.16

The minutes of the meeting are here.See More
Jan 11
Fo SAP commented on Jo Corke's blog post TreeBristol
"This is the 2014-2016 update from TreeBristol. p.s I know their home page link is wrong on this blog. I think it is now…"
Jan 11
Fo SAP commented on Fo SAP's event 'Open committee meeting'
"Parks Structure An updated Bristol Parks structure is now on the website at: This is also linked from the contact page at"
Jan 10
Fo SAP left a comment for Philip Morgan
"Welcome Philip. Yes we have a great park. Despite local council austerity cuts we are keen to keep it just as you describe, though that will not be easy. The fosap committee is doing its best to find funding from Neighbourhood Partnerships and…"
Jan 9
Fo SAP left a comment for Emma Wood
"Welcome to website, Emma; as you say, the park has everything. We have regukar committee meetings to which everone is invited. Details of the next one will be on the Events soon, Jo membership."
Jan 9
Fo SAP left a comment for David Evans
"Welcome to the website, David. As you say, this is a lovely park where enjoyment is the idea. In January we will be having one of the regular committee meetings. These are open to everyone and you will be made welcome if you want to attend. Details…"
Jan 2
Fo SAP commented on Dennis & Jenny Broe's photo


"Andy O'Neil has completed the work carving these two trunks and on theother sculptures too. see other recent photos. We are extremely grateful to our principal sponsors [Elephant Estate Agents, Grape and Grind, and Spicer and Cole, as well as…"
Dec 13, 2016
Fo SAP commented on Fo SAP's blog post BCC freeze on non-essential spending.
"4.12.16 We have had further clarification from Gemma. Gemmas confirms that the basic functions of parks maintenance (emptying bins, opening and shutting the parks and changing rooms where required, pitch marking, strimming, cutting etc) will…"
Dec 4, 2016
Fo SAP posted a blog post

BCC freeze on non-essential spending.

  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. I wanted to drop you a short note to offer some explanation about the content of the press release from the…See More
Dec 2, 2016
Fo SAP commented on Annie's blog post Trees in the Park
"Some information on a new website,Trees of Bristol is in the Trees Tab of our website. This site provides an interactive guide to the trees in Bristol. Currently there are 17660 live trees in the database and 18637 including stumps, covering 643…"
Nov 28, 2016
Fo SAP commented on Des Bowring's photo
Nov 28, 2016
Fo SAP commented on Des Bowring's photo

The Redwings are back! A couple were enjoying the sunshine in the park this morning.

"They are here for the North Bristol Arts Trail. Where are they back from exactly?"
Nov 27, 2016
Fo SAP commented on Jon Mortin's photo

Jay in the Park 15/11/2016

"I saw a jay - possibly this one - last week; I think it was burying nuts in the wildflower perennial meadow. A squirrel was doing the same. I think Des has recorded a few sightings."
Nov 20, 2016

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BCC freeze on non-essential spending.

Posted 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 on November 12, 2016 at 17:00 0 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 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…


RHS award submission

Posted 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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At 21:06 on October 20, 2016, Jane Hunt said…

Thanks for the welcome message.  Wow, that is a large number of trees.  Will keep an eye on your events and hopefully come along. 

At 14:26 on August 9, 2016, Alex Briggs said…

Thanks for your welcome messages! Looking forward to summer evenings in the park and hopefully meeting some of you. 

At 20:52 on May 11, 2015, Chrissie Decker said…

Are you having a wild flower meadow again this summer?

At 13:24 on December 4, 2014, janie jones said…

Thanks Jo, couldn't make this one but hope to make the next. Cheers Janie

At 10:15 on December 4, 2014, naomi bearne said…
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.
At 19:16 on August 12, 2014, Heather Moore said…

Hi Regina, 

Thanks for the comment. It would be great to come to your next meeting. I live on Sefton Park Road, and am running a honeybee social enterprise, called Bee the Change and would be great to chat to you about potentially working with the community to encourage more people into keeping bees! Especially with that wonderful wildflower meadow :) There is lots of funding at the moment from the Green Capital fund, so perhaps we could improve the park even more. 

It would be great if you could let me know when the meeting is. 

Thanks, Heather


At 18:18 on August 2, 2014, Steve Cousins said…

Hi Regina, thank you for letting me join the Friends of St.Andrews Park. Sorry its taken me so long to reply. My Sister Janet and her husband Jeremy lived on Leopold Road in the 1970s/80s. I viisted occasionally and often walked the park and found it am oasis of calm in the middle of the big city. I will see if i can find any old photos i can add. I stumbled across your lovely website by chance and am very pleased i did. I enjoy reading peoples postings. Steve

At 18:04 on January 2, 2014, Matt Wills said…

Thanks Jo and Regina. I will try and come to the meeting if I'm free then.

Kind regards,


At 21:14 on July 11, 2013, Des Bowring said…

Although I don't condone the use of an illegal drug in public places, does cannabis smoke really pose a passive smoking health risk? I very much doubt it.

At 15:17 on July 10, 2013, John Mayne said…

   I’m sorry to hear of the problem that you had with the cannabis smoke on Monday.  Unfortunately it seems to be an all too common problem in the park and elsewhere.

   Over the last two years, FoSAP have organised two public meetings with the police, local councillors and council officials and a further ten or so smaller meetings with them, to discuss ASB.  I would place the incident that you had under this heading.  Our local beat manager, PC Kevin Parsons, is very much aware of the problem of drugs being used in the park.  He undertakes plain clothes patrols as did his predecessor, Alex Owen, and they have been successful in arresting offenders on a couple of occasions.  As you may know, Kevin has proposed an initiative to create flower meadows in the park with the idea of reducing the number of people using the field parallel to Leopold road.  We are still awaiting confirmation of funding for next year, but in the meantime the Parks dept is leaving un-mown areas in the field to deter people from congregating there.  

               There is also an ongoing consultation process to create a set of By-laws for parks to prevent ASB, which the council is running.  Although this may take a very long time to establish new By-laws, they will give the police new powers in parks which they don’t have at the moment and hopefully make the area less attractive to people who cause ASB.  They do of course already though have powers of arrest for cannabis possession.

               If you would like to contact PC Parsons, please phone the non-emergency police line on 101 and when you are put through to an operator, just ask to speak to him and give his shoulder tag number which is 1414.  He is very approachable and friendly.   I will mention the incident to him when I’m next in contact.  I’m sure that he will suggest that you contact him with details if it happens again.

All the best,



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