The arrangements for this months DLC are as follows:
Date : Saturday October 30th Time : 10.00 – 11.30am
Meeting Point : Western side of Ladies Mile adjacent to parking bays closest to the Junction with Circular Road Target Area : South of tarmac path linking Ivywell Road to Ladies Mile including the wildflower Meadow and the parallel strip to the South of Circular Road back to where we ended the September DLC.
In preparation please : 1. Sign up in the usual way at email@example.com or 01179249435 2 Check weather on the day and beforehand to choose clothing and footwear appropriate to the conditions 3 If you are a first time volunteer let me know so that I can send you copies of the H&S protocols within which we work ,and obtain information needed to ensure you are covered by the Insurance Policy provided by BCC.
We send kind regards look forward to meeting up on the 30th Martin (Collins) ________________________________________________________
FOD+AG’s First Deep Litter Clearance of the 2021 – 2022 Season
For all potential volunteers out there waiting with bated breath for this announcement, your patience has been rewarded. We will begin our wombling activities again on Saturday September 25th – see below for details.
It being the first session following much heavier use of the Downs during the summer and also after the recent Music Event there, we will target the area in the far south west corner of our patch known as Ash Wood. That is where we will meet, although the reach of our litter picking will be determined by the number of volunteers who turn up! To ensure that we can equip you all and to plan a route, it is most important that you sign up in advance in the normal way
By eMail firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 0117 924 9435. DATE : Saturday 25th September TIME : 10.00am – 11.30am LOCATION : Western-most grassy area variously known as being adjacent to Ash Wood, the Sea Walls Toilet block or the Ice Cream Van!
PREPARATION : 1, (re)-familiarise yourself with the Health and Safety protocols within in which, for insurance purposes, we operate – for new recruits, you will receive a copy of these when you sign up: you will also be asked for contact details of a relative or close friend, in case of emergency on site; and you will be asked to arrive on site at 9.45 on the day of session with us for a short introduction to H&S by Timothy Dowling.
2. Please note weather conditions on the day and for the week before to ensure that you are appropriately clothed and particularly shod for the activity.
We will look forward to meeting up again or for the first time in a fortnight’s time. Until then we send our thanks and kind regards, Martin Collins (DLC Coordinator) ________________________________
Event invitation: Tuesday 21st September - St Christopher’s design workshop I am writing to you on behalf of the development partnership that is preparing proposals for a new ultra-sustainable Extra Care community on the former St Christopher’s site in Westbury Park.
Following our initial engagement with the local community earlier this year, we would like to invite you to an interactive workshop-style session to discuss the emerging proposals for the site.
The aim of the workshops is to work with neighbours and other interested parties to develop a deeper understanding of the St Christopher’s site, the character of the local area and to help shape the emerging proposals. Discussions will focus on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, scale, massing and layout.
Please note the workshops are not intended as a conventional exhibition and the format will be more informal and participative, and will involve working in small groups. Once the proposals are further developed, we will hold a more conventional drop-in exhibition open to all where anybody will be able to view the plans in more detail and respond more formally.
We are holding two workshop sessions at St Alban’s Church on Tuesday 21 September, the first from 3 - 5pm and then from 6 - 8pm.
In order to manage the number of attendees and ensure that the sessions are as valuable as possible, we are asking people who would like to participate in the workshops to sign up in advance by either calling our freephone number 0800 148 8911 or emailing us on email@example.com.
The content of the workshops will be the same in both sessions so please only book onto one session as there is a limit on attendees. We will be operating bookings on a first come first served basis.
ATTEND A DESIGN WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THE ST CHRISTOPHER’S SITE Date: Tuesday 21st September 2021 at 3pm - 5pm OR 6pm - 8pm Location: St Alban’s Church, Bayswater Avenue, Bristol, BS6 7NS
Please contact the team to book your preferred session ________________________________________________________
Events on the Downs 11.30 -1.00 Sunday 11th July "Wildflowers" Walktalks with local ecologist Neill Talbot: A small charge of £10.00 will be made for each. To register please contact Robin using the form below.
11.30 - 1.00 Sunday 20th June "Grasses" Walktalks with local ecologist Neill Talbot: A small charge of £10.00 will be made for each. To register please contact Robin using the form below. ________________________________ MEADOW MAKER A New Collection by Sally Stafford 3rd – 30th July It is estimated that 97% of Britain’s wild flower meadows have vanished since the 1930s, and the few that remain are often vulnerable, together with the numerous creatures that depend on them, such as vital pollinators, butterflies, birds and small mammals. The tireless work of conservation charities such as Plantlife has never been more important.
Beginning on National Meadows Day, Saturday July 3rd, our latest exhibition is a celebration of these beautiful habitats, expressed through the encompassing mixed media paintings of Sally Stafford, who has long drawn inspiration from the intricate balance of living colours and changing textures that define unspoilt meadows.
Meadow Maker immerses the viewer in a rare and precious world that deserves to be cherished and protected by us all.
Next and last winter Litter collection If you want to help the last session for this winter will be on: March 27th, 10.00am - 11.30am Meeting Point: Above the designated parking bay on Fountains Hill, as for 27th February. We will be targeting the areas along the Promenade and its woodland edge adjacent to the Gorge and Observatory Hill. Please register with Martin as usual. Use the 'contact us' page on this site to reach him so that his email is kept safe.
Deep Litter Clearance Date : Saturday February 27th 2021 Time : 10.00am - 11.30am Meeting Point : The open area on the south side of Fountains Hill above the the designated parking spaces along the wide curve of Fountains Hill. (as recently please collect equipment from the piles which you will find there and avoid the pavement and ts the members of the public who might be walking/jogging/running there).
Target Area : Depending on the number of volunteers and thus the number of sub-groups into which it would be advisable to split for ease of social distancing, the locations to be cleared will include The north side of the Promenade., the south side and the woodland verge at the top of the Gorge, Observatory Hill and perhaps the west side of Bridge Valley Road.
As always please bring any equipment of your own if you have it to reduce the risks associated with sanitisation, but we will supply what is required to keep you safe. Wrap up warmly and come shod appropriately for conditions underfoot.
Please also register with me in the usual way in advance so that paperwork andequipment required will provide what is needed for everyone. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, and kind regards, Martin 7.00pm Saturday 20th February 2021 Illustrated Zoom Talk: Butterflies of the Downs and Beyond. Last chance for members to register email@example.com
10.00am - 11.30am Saturday 27th February 2021 Deep Litter Clearance Meeting Point : The open area on the south side of Fountains Hill above the designated parking spaces along the wide curve of Fountains Hill. (as recently please collect equipment from the piles which you will find there and avoid the pavement and its the members of the public who might be walking/jogging/ running there). Target Area : Depending on the number of volunteers and thus the number of sub-groups into which it would be advisable to split for ease of social distancing, the locations to be cleared will include The north side of the Promenade., the south side and the woodland verge at the top of the Gorge, Observatory Hill and perhaps the west side of Bridge Valley Road. As always please bring any equipment of your own if you have it to reduce the risks associated with sanitisation, but we will supply what is required to keep you safe. Wrap up warmly and come shod appropriately for conditions underfoot. Please also register with me using the below forms in advance so that paperwork and equipment required will provide what is needed for everyone. Thanks, and kind regards, Martin
9.30 am Sunday 7th March 2021 Dead Hedging working party If you are interested in maintaining the hurdles along the circular road and learn new skills register with Robin using the form below.
Regular Activities If you are interested in being involved when our activities resume please feel free to contact us for more details using the forms at the bottom of the page. Deep litter picking FODAG volunteers and friends forage for litter one Saturday morning of the month during the winter from 10 am to 12 pm. If you would like to join the merry band please contact Martin for details.
Butterfly Survey Friends have actively surveyed the butterfly population of the downs over the last 6 years adding to national data. (data is held on our website). If you are interested in being involved please contact Martin on the form below.
Goat and Gully Monitoring A group of Friends keep a regular eye on the Goats in the Gully, making sure they are happy and healthy. Also we are looking to create a similar group who take note of the health of the Victorian steps and it's surroundings. If you would like to find out more or to get involved please contact Martin on the form below.
Conservation Sundays The second Sunday in the Month (this sometimes changes). Doing a range of activities and often asked to bring gloves, loppers and secateurs if possible. please register an interest with Robin on the form below.
Dead hedging the dead hedge working party work to build and maintain the dead hedges. If you are interested in being involved please contact Robin on the form below.