We are Arno's Park Action Group, a group of locals who love the park, and are constantly trying to improve it. We really want to see as many people as possible spending time in this wonderful open space. We are planning events throughout the year and would love to hear from anybody who would like to join in, or who has an idea for an event.
To find out more about APAG, please do have a look around the site, and come back soon to find out what's happening.
We now have a facebook page - please pop over to APAG and say hello!
We look forward to seeing you at Arno's Court Park very soon.
If you are interested in coming and aren't already on the mailing list of supporters, please email me for location or to request your addition to the mailing list.
Summer Solstice, 21st June 2015
Picnic in the Park with Mr Punch!
12 midday onwards, BYO BBQ/picnic in the park. There will be two Punch and Judy performances, at 14.30 and 15.30: everyone is welcome to come along. If you are bringing a portable barbecue, please ensure you have something to stand it on to avoid damaging the grass!
More information closer to the time...
The UK’s largest urban walking festival is taking place in Bristol for the third year in a row from Friday 1st to Sunday 31st May. Following its success in previous years, the festival is now a month long event with over 160 walks to choose from.
The routes are designed to give you the chance to explore Bristol in a whole new light. Aside from walking there are also plenty of other activities to enjoy along the way. The walks have been chosen to suite a wide range of abilities and aim to entertain both families and friends.
The festival launches on Friday 24th April with a “compass walk” linking 4 outer zones to the city centre. Following the daytime walk why not join us for an evening event at the M Shed with a film screening and talk by renowned walker Satish Kumar.
Bristol Walk Fest 2015 is organised by Bristol City Council with Bristol Ramblers and supported by Destination Bristol, University of Bristol and Green Capital. Full details of all the organised walks can be found in the walking festival programme which is available from your local library, tourist information centre and online at Bristol Walking Festival.
FIND THE UNEXPECTED….!
The Bristol South Skyline Walk, (funded by Bristol Green Capital 2015) is an exciting new walking and running route for walkers, pram/buggy users and runners - which starts at Bristol Temple Meads.
On a chilly Saturday morning members of the groups involved, with Councillors Sam Mongon, Gary Hopkins and Christopher Davies and a hula hooping troop -gathered at one of the viewpoints involved (Perretts Park) to advertise the route.
WHY THIS ROUTE?
The route aims to:
1 Showcase Bristol through view of Bristol’s Skyline
2 Increase opportunities for people to socialise; and improve their health and wellbeing
3 Enable people to discover the green spaces in our area
4 Tell people about the people, history and wildlife in our area.
It is for people in Bristol – and for visitors to Bristol as well.
Look at the map of the route below, and if you have any comments on the route, write into us using the postal or email address at the bottom of the page.
Please send responses in by Wednesday March 25th.
The red line is the full route, while the brown line is the shorter route.
The route uses existing pavements and footpaths.
Starting from the junction of Temple Gate and Cattle Market Road the route passes through St Phillips, Totterdown, Brislington, Knowle, Knowle West, Bedminster and Windmill Hill. It provides 8 brilliant views across Bristol – and passes through seven green spaces.
Len Wyatt, one of the organisers of the route said:
"As well as seeing Bristol from a less well known perspective – the route because it has two versions (a full route and a shorter version) means that a wide variety of people can use it.
Along the way you will find out more about the amazing green and open spaces areas involved – the communities around them, their history and wildlife. But more importantly we hope that people enjoy themselves."
An unprecedented 12 Community groups across South Bristol have come together. The groups are: TRESA, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, Arnos Park Action Group, Friends of Redcatch Park, Community of Perretts Park, Communities in Partnership, Northern Slopes Initiative, Marksbury rea Community Association, St Johns Churchyard and Windmill Hill Community Orchard Group, Kingfisher Group, Windmill Hill Community Association and Victoria Park Action Group.
It is funded from the Bristol Green Capital 2015 funds via Quartet; and Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership.
"My father use to be the groundsman for the park in the early 1950s where he met my mother. My mother was a seamstress for John lewis, they had their main sewing factory at Brislington, next to the bristol omnibus chassis building depot. My parents often told me that they met there during their lunch breaks and would often feed the sheep. My father said the sheep were so tame that they would often take food from your hand. They married in 1955 and I came on the scene in 1958: we all lived in the Southville area of Bristol.
My mother often took me and my sister to Arnos court park, she was expecting my brother back in January 1963 and slipped down in the snow, I was unable to assist my mother in getting back up but a kind gentleman helped her. I can always remember catching a double decker bus to get there, there were never any sheep then. We visited the park on many occasion and use to enjoy using the play equipment there, I think I can recall the park had a paddling pool there.
Sadly my father passed away in 1995 from heart disease and I lost my mother to septicemia October of this year. I would like to pay a visit to this park once again in the early part of the new year and if possible lay a floral tribute in their memory. The park has always held fond memories for me even in the depth of winter."
Forest of Avon Trust
The local charity for trees, working closely with communities to get more trees planted and to improve existing woodlands. More Trees More Action
Part of Bristol City Council, TreeBristol was established to plant thousands of new trees in the city. TreeBristol
The Woodland Trust
National charity promoting woodlands and native trees. Woodland Trust
Trees for Cities
National charity working with local communities on tree planting projects in urban areas Trees for Cities