Natural connections

Wed 13 March 2019, 3:04 pm

Work will start this month (March) on a three-year project to protect and develop neighbouring nature reserves in Bristol after a successful 100,000 funding bid.

Eastwood Farm in Bristol

Bristol City Council, together with South Gloucestershire Council, applied for the money from Network Rail’s Greater West Programme to fund work at Eastwood Farm and Conham River Park, which are separated by the River Avon. 

The Friends of Avon Valley Woodlands and Friends of Eastwood Farm will lead the project, which will include thinning some parts of the woodland to improve the area’s structure and allow wildflowers to grow. 

Later this year, volunteers will assist with clearing the ground to plant new trees and shrubs, and community members and schoolchildren will be asked to sow a new wildflower meadow.

Acorns will be collected to be grown in local schools, and volunteers will be trained in how to care for newly planted woodlands and learn traditional skills such as coppicing.

Deputy mayor Councillor Asher Craig, responsible for parks and open spaces, said: “Improving the structure and diversity of the proposed woodland and meadow areas will improve their appearance and therefore increase their interest for visitors.

“By taking part in the project, the volunteers will learn more about biodiversity and habits, and get to experience all the benefits of fresh air and exercise.”