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Friends groups and conservation groups

We work closely with a large number of friends and conservation groups which help manage our public open spaces including play areas, formal parks, nature reserves and woodlands.

We have set up a Community Spaces Network, The Hive, to help and support volunteers who care for and look after our local community spaces in South Gloucestershire.

See the link on the right of this page for further information and the latest Community Spaces Newsletter.

This page lists some of the friends groups and conservation groups that work in partnership with us to manage areas of public open space.

Name of group Location, volunteer work and contact info
Avon Valley Railway Based in Bitton, they deal with all aspects of running steam railway plus maintenance to railway embankments and some conservation work.
Website: http://www.avonvalleyrailway.org
Telephone: 0117 932 5538
Email: info@avonvalleyrailway.org
Friends of Avon Valley Woodlands

Based in Hanham, the active Friends group helps look after the Avon Valley Woodlands Local Nature Reserve. They run practical workdays and hold events throughout the year.

Email: avwoodlands@gmail.com

Avon Wildlife Trust – Southwold Group Based in Yate & Chipping Sodbury, they deal with the management of nature areas including practical workdays, events and talks.
Website: http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk
Friends of Barnabas Field Based in Bridgeyate, they deal with the meadow conservation.
Berenda Drive Residents Group Based in Longwell Green, they deal with management and conservation.
Friends of Bridgeyate Wildlife Corridor Based in Bridgeyate, they deal with the practical conservation (construction and maintenance of habitat for educational purposes)
Email: alex@du-pre.freeserve.co.uk
Friends of Brinsham Park & Lake Based in Yate, they deal with fundraising; planning the park’s future and improvement projects in the park. Email: keith.parry@crawco.co.uk
Friends of Bromley Heath Playing Fields Based in Bromley Heath, they deal with fundraising, conservation and improving amenities.
Email: bromleyheathpark@aol.com
Friends of Charlton Common Protection and preservation of the common. Working to improve facilities and signage. Promoting the common and helping to manage activities for local residents.
Telephone: 01179 503719 (Mike Murch, Chair)
Email: mikemurch@sky.com
Friends of Cock Road Ridge Based in Woodstock/Cock Road, they deal with the practical conservation (meadows, pond, community orchard, trees.) Website: http://www.cock-road-ridge.org.uk/
Email: robert.j.seddon@btinternet.com
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)  They work around a variety of sites throughout South Glos offering weekly practical workdays to volunteers.
Website: www.tcv.org/avon/
Telephone: 0117 929 1624
Cromhall Play Well Association   Based in Cromhall, they deal with the management of play facilities.
Friends of Filnore Woods Based in Thornbury, they deal with the planning and management of the site and practical conservation workdays. Email: filnorefriends@gmail.com
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Based in Yate/Wickwar, they deal with the management of Lower Woods including weekly practical workdays and events.
Website: http://www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk
Telephone: 01452 389968
Friends of Grimsbury Farm Based in Woodstock/Kingswood, they provide workdays to improve the farm surroundings and numerous farm related projects. Also, BTCV Treelife Centre for practical native plant nursery work and other conservation work. (see Tree Life Centre)
Website: http://www.fogf.co.uk
Email: pete@skrme.freeserve.co.uk
Telephone: 01454 865877
Hallen Residents Association  Based in Hallen, they deal with fundraising and planning.
Friends of Hanham Hall Park Based in Hanham, they deal with the preservation and conservation of the park as a tranquil local haven. Also promotion of habitat for leisure and educational purposes.
Email: friendsofhanhamhallpark@hotmail.com
Friends of Hanham Mount Based in Hanham, they deal with the preservation and promotion of historic structure (Hanham Beacon)
Email: john.goddard@southglos.gov.uk
Hanham Wheels Park Management Group Based in Hanham, they deal with the skate/BMX park group; fundraising and work related to building a new facility.
Email: mikeopenshaw1941@googlemail.com
Friends of Kingswood Heritage Museum and Warmley Gardens Based in Warmley
Website: www.kingswoodmuseum.org.uk
Telephone: 0117 9605664
Email: kingswoodmuseum@gmail.com
Friends of Kingswood Park Based in Kingswood, they deal with all events in the park; fundraising; planning the park’s future; some practical work may be possible.
Email: friendsofkingswoodpark@gmail.com
Friends of Leap Valley Based in Downend, they offer conservation work.
Email: marylewis@blueyonder.co.uk
Friends of Leap Woods Based in Downend, they offer conservation work.
Friends of Lilliput Park Based in Chipping Sodbury, they deal with the planning and management of the park’s nature conservation interest.
Email: richard.aston@southglos.gov.uk
Friends of Lincombe Barn Park & Woods Based in Downend, they deal with fundraising; conservation work; planning the future of the park & woods (including Britannia Woods) and driving forward improvement projects.
Email: astley52@btinternet.com
Longwell Green Community Centre Based in Longwell Green, they deal with the issues relating to the community centre and its sport facilities. Telephone: 0117 9323722
Email: longwellgreencomcentre@hotmail.co.uk
Friends of Magpie Bottom Based in Hanham, they deal with practical conservation work and fundraising. Email: r_c2012@hotmail.co.uk
MOATivation Based in Barrs Court, Cadbury Heath. Conservation and the management of the historic moat. Email: barrscourtmoat@gmail.com
Olveston & Tockington Countryside Group Based in Olveston/Tockington, they deal with practical conservation tasks and events.
Friends of Page Park Based in Staple Hill, they deal with the gardening group; fundraising; planning the park’s future and numerous improvement projects in the park.
Email: lornamarie27@hotmail.co.uk
Patchway Conservation Group Based in Patchway, they deal with the management of areas of conservation importance in Patchway, practical workdays and events.
Email: clerk@patchwaytowncouncil.gov.uk
Pilning and Severn Beach Local History Group Based in Severn Beach and Pilning, they deal with the local history; interpretation and promotion of historic sites.
Friends of Ram Hill Colliery   Based in Coalpit Heath, they deal with the conservation and preservation of this nationally important coal mine.
Friends of Ridge Woods Based in Yate/Chipping Sodbury, they deal with planning future management and also offer practical workdays and events.
Website: http://www.ridge-wood.org.uk
Email: info@ridge-wood.org.uk
Friends of Soundwell Playing Fields Based in Soundwell, they deal with the fundraising, conservation and improving amenities.
Splatts Abbey Wood Conservation Group Based in Stoke Gifford, they deal with the conservation of the woodland and also offer practical workdays and events. Please email: splattsabw@gmail.com
Friends of Springfield Park Based in Mangotsfield, they deal with fundraising, improving the play facilities, discouraging anti-social behaviour and protecting the wildlife.
Email: colin.cascade@blueyonder.co.uk
St John’s Park Conservation Group  Based in Chipping Sodbury, they deal with the practical management of areas of conservation, interest and events.
Thornbury “Britain in Bloom” Committee Based in Thornbury, their aims are to stimulate and promote interest among the community of Thornbury town to improve the environment through the imaginative use of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping.
Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group Based in the Local Nature Reserve in Bradley Stoke, they deal with practical conservation.
Website: http://www.three-brooks.info
Email: info@three-brooks.info
Telephone: 07497 006676
Tree Life Centre (TCV) Based in Kingswood, they deal with the tree nursery at Grimsbury Farm and also provide opportunities for volunteering at this native tree and wildflower nursery. They also offer practical conservation work and qualifications.
Website: http://www2.tcv.org.uk/display/treelifecentre/
Email: b.hall@btcv.org.uk
Tytherington Countryside Group Based in Tytherington, they deal with the management of nature areas and commons.
Wapley Bushes LNR Conservation Group Based in Yate, they deal with the management of the LNR, practical workdays, also planning works and events.
Website: http://www.wapleybushes.info/
Friends of Warmley Golf Course Based in Warmley, they deal with Improving facilities on the golf course; includes different user groups (walkers, golfers, dog walkers), and some areas of wildlife value.
Email: slthomas@blueyonder.co.uk
Friends of Warmley War Memorial Park Based in Siston and Warmley, they deal with the fundraising; planning the parks future and improvement project in the park.
Email: sistonpc@hotmail.co.uk
Friends of Wick Golden Valley LNR Based in Wick, they deal with the planning and management of the LNR and also provide practical workdays and events.
Website: http://www.goldenvalley.org.uk
Wickwar Playing Fields Association Based in Wickwar, they deal with the fundraising; planning and building of new facilities.
Email: johnfbroad@btinternet.com
Warmley and Siston Community Gardens Based in Warmley, they help to preserve, develop and enhance open spaces in Warmley as valuable, historic, recreational, sustainable and educational assets.
Email: jacquie.stephens@yahoo.co.uk
Friends of Willsbridge Mill Based in Willsbridge, they deal with the planning and management of the LNR and also provide practical workdays and events.
Willsbridge Mill Refresh

Based at Willsbridge Mill, they are working to regenerate the grade II listed mill & barn buildings for community use. There is a community café and the group run local community events. They also manage the adjacent land to increase the biodiversity of the area and encourage people to access and enjoy this open space.

Email: mail@wmcr.org.uk

Winterbourne Countryside Group  Based in Winterbourne, they deal with the management of local nature reserves, workdays and events.
Friends of Yate Common Based in Yate, they deal with the practical conservation and help planning the future management of the common.
Website: http://www.myyate.co.uk/yate/environment/open_spaces/yate_common

 


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