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At 13:30 on August 12, 2020, Paul Reddish said…

Hi Jo,

Sorry for the delay in replying to your response to my email. I'd be happy to volunteer for whatever work in the park. I have a pair of waders and very used to being in water, so can help with reducing the vegetation in the pond. I'd also like to contribute to any FOSAP fund to replace the fallen trees, especially the flowering cherries. I had a to add that I work from home some of the times and out of London at others, so not always available.

At 15:29 on September 16, 2017, admin said…

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At 21:24 on February 28, 2017, Jan Pemberton said…

 Hi Jo

I don't think I can make the meeting unfortunately but I am most concerned about the large amount of lovely mature trees in the park that have been removed over the last few  years! I've seen them go one by one - probably 10 or more have been removed and not replaced in the last few years.

Who decides which trees to cut down I wonder and can we have any say in it?

Some of them have had very small areas of disease and would probably thrive for years despite modern health and safety rules.  

At 11:00 on January 23, 2014, Stella Perrett said…

From Stella Perrett

Independent candidate for Redland


I'm not an actual member of the WIldlife Group but I have started going on the Bird walks, and really enjoyed the one last Sunday. Des who runs them is a work colleague of mine.

I have taken the liberty of recommending to some universities doing Climate Change Studies that they look at the archived data that you have all put up on this website over the years, of flora and fauna in the park. From the bird walks and your other wildlife walks. Especially regarding what species are seen at different times of year, how plants are reacting to the wierd weather etc.

I have had this positive reply from Oxford Univerisitys Post Graduate course co-ordinator.

I hope there is no one on the site who is so anti-climate change that they object to me drawing these universities attention to your website, after all it is in the public domain. and your data could be of real help to climate change students.




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Dear Stella and the Friends of St Andrew’s Park,


Many thanks indeed for thinking to offer such information to us. I will circulate your note to the department so that any interested groups can respond.

Thank you again,


 Joan Arthur

Office Co-ordinatorEnvironmental Change Institute | University of Oxford |

Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY, UK



At 13:47 on June 21, 2012, Simon Randolph said…

That's really interesting, Jo, to see the difference that drying out makes to the lichens.  It can't make identification any easier. 

At 9:28 on September 30, 2010, Ches Chesney said…
Thank you Jo. I feel that it is important to make sure people know about the risks implicit in accepting the offer of a semi-permanent cafe building. The council does not have a good record of caring or careful consultation and this is one of those cases where we could end up losing a really valuable asset for the sake of a 'freebie'!
Warmest regards,
At 14:54 on August 11, 2009, Sally Reay said…
Hi Jo

I'm working with Margaret Dunning and Ruth Essex in Bristol City Council's Arts, Festivals & Events Team on an installation by Bristol Artist Luke Jerram called Play Me, I'm Yours. The plan is to put 16 upright pianos in public outdoor spaces across the city for three weeks in September for people to play as part of the Colston Hall Opening celebrations. The idea is that the public can play the pianos and that gigs, concerts and performances will also be encouraged.

We are looking at a number of locations across the city, with some in the city centre and others out in the neighbourhoods. One of the key locations I have been asked to look into is St Andrews Park. I've checked the existing Premises License for the square and there is one in place that would cover this installation allowing us to have the piano operable from 8am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday for the three week period from Friday 4 September through until Monday 28 September 2009.

I would like to be able to meet up with someone from FOSAP to discuss possible location for the piano. We also need some help with unlocking the piano in the morning and locking it up at night so that it can't be played outside the entertainment licence hours and wonder if FOSAP might be able to help out?

Many thanks for your help with this matter.

Sally Reay
Freelance Event & Project Manager
0117 951 0632
At 8:06 on June 14, 2009, Doug Reid said…
Any communal BBQ would have to be done in tasteful STONEWORK & NOT
Brick as it should reflect the houses that surround the Park but in essence it is probably a good idea but where will it stand wirh ELF & Safety?? We are so obsessed with that here but in Australia they would obviously take a far more pragmatic approach to a few burns Doug Reid k
At 10:49 on June 8, 2009, Alex said…
Hello Jo,
My name is Alex Owen (PC 1486) and i am the parks local beat manager. I am based at Redland Police Station.
I have some things going on with regards to making the park a safer place.
Could you please contact me either on 01179454406 or email on

P.S i will check the website for time to time so if you would like to add me as a contact and make all members aware of my membership to the site i will quite happily answer any questions.
At 8:36 on June 2, 2009, Mary Finnigan said…
Thanks Jo. I do indeed appreciate the park very much. I would be happy to take an active role in turning the idea of a communal BBQ area into a reality, but beyond that the time I have available is limited. I am involved with the traffic scheme around Hurlingham Rd. -- enough community engagement for now. If anyone would like to help kick start a BBQ project please get in touch with me. I'm not sure which interest group is most appropriate -- Restoration and appearance? Or Social activities?

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Bristol Parks Forum

Posted on September 6, 2020 at 14:34 20 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…


Lichens in the Park

Posted on November 18, 2019 at 17:02 8 Comments

Welcome to the Lichen Blog.  

The lichens in the park are doing well on trees trunks, branches, fences and even on the concrete and some of the paths.  Lichens often favour just one or two of these habitats.

The high winds (Nov 2010 and…


pond gate repairs

Posted 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 new.

Play Area development

Posted on August 12, 2016 at 10:30 9 Comments

Play Area Update March 2019

The Play area convenors are Sarah and David Cemlyn.


March 2019

Sarah Cemlyn has posted this good news about our  Park Children’s Play area.

This is to let…


Improving the access to the pond

Posted 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 and they have begun to lay the non-slip wire surface and to…


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