GBCP NEWSLETTER (20:17) – 2nd MAY 2017

Air Quality in Bristol
You will know that air quality is poor (ie it is dangerous to life and health) in many parts of Bristol including parts of BS3. BCC has secured funding to undertake a feasibility study with a view to implement a Clean Air Zone at some future date. At the same time, BCC applied for a second bit of funding to engage the public and raise awareness of the causes of dirty air and the need for cleaner air. This second application was unsuccessful, but there is a Plan B.
The Bristol Green Capital has a potential funding stream at ( Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s #BetterBristol collaboration with Crowdfunder UK). Plan B will be lead by Sustrans and the Sustainable Transport Network. For more information and to join in on the application contact Jon Usher ( ).

Organisations that might be interested in supporting this application are not restricted to transport. Clean air will be of interest to health, planning and education  groups as well as community organisations and businesses of all kinds.

GBCP is now linked to Butterfly Conservation which is the national charity for Butterflies and Moths. We hope they will be able to support one or two of the schools that are participating in My Wild Bedminster. One of their projects that you might like to join in is to be found at

My Wild Bedminster

Our butterfly correspondent reports, ‘I visited Windmill Hill City Farm one bright Saturday afternoon in April to look for spring butterflies.    Wandering around the area I spotted Holly Blues and quite a few whites.   Most of the whites were too far away for a clear identification, but a few came near to me so I was able to identify an Orange Tip and a Green-veined White.   There may also have been Small Whites, but that’s not confirmed.    I saw one Brimstone.   It was very yellow and therefore a male.   It looked as if it was heading off to Vicky Park, no doubt with amorous intent.     I plan to visit the farm a few times during the summer, not least to sample their new cafe’.

Please send any butterfly and day-moth sightings to as part of our My Wild Bedminster butterfly count.    Pictures (including caterpillars, eggs and pupae)  are also very welcome.

Top Three UK Cities for Walking

The national charity Living Streets undertook a survey of major UK cities to find out which was most walkable. The top city was Edinburgh followed by Sheffield and London.   In Bristol only 53% of respondents said that they felt safe when walking. Of course, lots of factors may be in play there such as age and gender, the heaviness of traffic, time of day and part of Bristol, but it shows that we still have a long way to go. We need to make walking safer and more pleasant if we are to get more people taking exercise and reducing congestion and air pollution.

Events in South Bristol Libraries May 2017 
Sat 6th Chatterbooks 10:30
A book club for children – ask in the library for
more information.
Sat 6th Bristol South Skyline Walk 11am
Meet at the library at 11, walks leaving the
library at 11:30. Choice of three walks, of
varying difficulty, all exploring the skyline
views from south Bristol.
Wed 3rd & 31st Reminiscence Group 11am
Come along for a chat about local history and
memories over a tea or coffee.
Wed 10th & 17th Storywalk 2pm
Meet at the library at 2pm to go on a walk

Wild Outdoors Day
Windmill Hill City Farm are hosting their annual ‘Wild Outdoors Day’ event on Saturday 13th May this year and are asking locals to come and celebrate nature and the great outdoors with them.
Doors open from 11am for a unique mix of nature crafts, outdoor games, live music and local food and drink. Outdoorsy fun will include: campfire cooking, spoon carving, flower crafts, magic potion making and even a dog show , so there really will be something for everyone.
The event aims to encourage people to spend more time outdoors in nature and to show that you don’t have to go far to do this! The city farm itself is only 10 mins walk from the city centre and is set in 5 acres of land that was re-claimed by local people as a green community space.
Music will be provided by a host of brilliant local musicians, including Priita, Circe’s Diner, Brook Tate, and Roseanna Ball, all playing live in the farmyard.  To eat there will be a Texan style BBQ from Smoke Catering as well as burgers from farmer Tim. If you fancy something a bit less meaty, ‘Planted’ will be bringing along a fab range of Vegan street food. Children will love the  farms Wild Space with forest skills, woodland crafts and outdoor games and adults can relax and drink in the festival atmosphere.
Simone Dougall, Marketing Manager at the farm said;  ‘Wild Outdoors Day, is a great opportunity for local people to celebrate nature on their doorstep and learn more about using it to enrich their lives, whether that would be finding a snail in your back garden, growing your own veg, or discovering the joys of eating outside’.
The event costs £3 for adults and is free for children. For more information go to:

Malago Greenway Open doors day

Malago Greenway is going to be part of Bristol open doors day on Saturday the 9th of September, between 10-16.
Volunteers are needed to help make this happen!!

What they are trying to do:
1. make a mock of the maze on the exact location, so that people can explore and imagine how the place will look like
– they have a confirmation that Bristol park will clear the weeds before that
– they will make the maze out of 3ft bamboo canes(instead of wooden posts), twine (instead of wires) and they will “plant” kebab sticks with pictures of the berries that will be planted there. They will draw in chalk the frame of the design on the slab and put some cardboard boxes instead of the planters. This will be a very useful exercise for the real thing, when they will mark the maze in November.
2. bake and sell some berry themed cakes to raise some money for the maze.
3. distribute flyers for the maze
4. present a junk model of the maze.

Can you help?
1. They will order all the materials for the mock maze and make the kebab sticks with the berries pictures, but can you come on the day and help set it up before 10am?
2. can you bake and donate some cakes on the day? can you help with the cake sale?
3. can you help print some flyers?
4. are you interested in making the junk model, if they give you all the dimensions and details?

Please get in touch ASAP via:
Facebook! Malago Greenway & The Malago Greenway Berry Maze

Not Fun for Mealworms
See the attached short hedgehog film from Thanet Road:

My Wild Bedminster
A useful website if your school, park, play scheme etc group want to participate in My Wild Bedminster can be found at

LImP Evening Walk (and Pub Visit)
All were welcome to join Luckwell Improving Project for a short walk from Duckmoor Road and along lower Luckwell Road on Thursday evening, 27th April. The main purpose was to review the planters which LImP instigated along the route eighteen months ago, but also to review other suggestions for local improvements.
The planters themselves will be refreshed by volunteers on the morning of Saturday 6th May. If you are able to join in this very worthwhile activity, you will be most welcome. Please meet at A1 Café on Duckmoor Road at 10am.

Revamped website
Go to this website is being revamped for both the Bedminster Business Improvement District and Greater Bedminster Community Partnership. Note too that it’s Breakfast in Bedminster on Saturday 29th April.

Bedminster Energy Group Talks and Films
Bedminster Energy Group is a group of local volunteers working to support the communities of Bedminster and Southville to cut their energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. Throughout 2017, the group are hosting a series of FREE films and talks on Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm in the Tobacco Factory Snug room. Currently author of ‘Guide to Low Carbon Lifestyles’ and Director of the Cosy Home Company, Mukti Mitchell is delivering 3 talks and 2 workshops:
Tuesday 2nd May: BEG volunteers meeting 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Hare, North Street (all welcome to come learn more about what we’re up to)
Tuesday 9th May: Mukti Mitchell workshop ‘Calculating your Carbon Footprint’
Tuesday 16th May: Mukti Mitchell workshop ‘How to Calculate your Quality of Life’
Tuesday 23rd May: Film Screening ‘Demain’ NEARLY SOLD OUT
Tuesday 30th May: Nikki Jones’ talk ‘What might a decarbonized economy look like?’ and film screening ‘The Economics of Happiness’
Tuesday 6th June: BEG volunteers AGM 7:30-9:30pm at the Hare, North Street (all welcome to come and learn more about what we’re up to)

Bedminster Green Development Proposal
Bedminster Energy Group have recently learnt about proposals for a gas-fired district heating system at the new Bedminster Green development (proposals are in for an additional 800-1000 homes around Malago Road)and are discussing with various professionals the viability of renewable alternatives such as Ground Source Heat Pumps powered by Solar PV.  Local action group WHaM (Windmill Hill and Malago) are trying to raise awareness with local residents about the proposals in an effort to get people to add their comments to the BCC planning portal. Bedminster Energy Group have joined forces with them and would encourage people to leave their comments on the Bristol City Council planning portal:  See WHaM’s website for further details:

Roll of Honour

In March (newsletter 12:17) we began to identify people from all over the world who had made a real contribution to our community. As a way of saying thank you, we want to publish their names and the Bedminster Business Improvement District wants to offer them a free meal on Sunday, 20 August.   These will be prepared in local restaurants which themselves reflect the diversity that makes Bedminster such an interesting place.

We want still more nominations, so please send the following information to .

1.Name of nominee……..2.Address (not for inclusion on the RoH)……….3.In what city, town, province and year was this person born?………4.Organisation/person making the nomination…….5.How has this person contributed to the local community (max 25 words)?

Bedminster’s Secret Gardens

It will soon be time again to be nosey around back gardens in Bedminster.   The weekend of fun will be June 10 and 11, between 12 and 5pm.   A guide and map are now available for £2 at places including Southville Centre, WHCF, and various flower shops.    Proceeds will be used to support community gardening and wildlife projects across BS3.

Friend of the Avon New Cut

This is a reminder that a member of the FrANC Committee, our very own Ed Hall, is due to lead a walk entitled “Exploring the Cumberland Basin”  which is FrANC’s contribution to Bristol Walk Fest 2017.   The walk, lasting around 1½ hours, will start at  The Cottage Inn on Baltic Wharf and will encompass a “tour of the Cumberland Basin showing how the development of the lock system and the Floating Harbour enabled  Bristol to manage the high tidal range so that trade could flourish”.

If you would like to take part in this walk then there is a choice of four dates/times when it will be run during May:

  • on Thursday 4th Maystarting at 10:15am
  • on Wednesday 10th Maystarting at 1:30pm
  • on Wednesday 17th Maystarting at 6:15pm
  • on Thursday 25th Maystarting at 1:30pm

Please ensure that you turn up around 15 minutes before the above start times so that registration can take place.  A fee of £2 per head will be charged on each walk as a contribution to FrANC funds.

You can find out more about the different walks on offer as part of Bristol Walk Fest by visiting their website:


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