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Kingswood Park

Development Stage National Lottery Heritage Fund

South Gloucestershire Council and the Friends of Kingswood Park has received initial development phase funding support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) for the restoration and enhancement of Kingswood Park.

The restoration of Kingswood Park forms part of our ambitious wider £25million regeneration vision for the Town Centre following our successful application through the Future High Streets Fund, which also includes the purchase of Kings Chase Shopping Centre and the restoration of the Whitfield Tabernacle as part of the wider Kingswood Masterplan.

The project aims to restore Kingswood Park so that it forms the green ‘heart’ of Staple Hill where people go to enjoy high quality facilities, outdoor events and activities and to relax and meet other people in a safe, well managed and welcoming setting.

Development funding of £120,000 has been awarded to help South Gloucestershire Council and Friends of Kingswood Park develop plans for the restoration of Kingswood Park over the coming 18 months.

Finalised plans will be submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in around  March 2023, at which time a grant of approximately £2.5m will be sought to progress the restoration of the park.

What has been included in our application

Outline Activities Plan

A comprehensive programme of activities and events to engage more, and a wider range of people with the heritage.

Training and skills development for new and existing volunteers to become involved in the care and management of the park.

The activities in the Outline Activities Plan are grouped into the following broad categories

  • Inclusion: A wider range of people will be involved in the heritage
  • People will have greater wellbeing – a space to thrive
  • A better place to live, work and visit – opportunities for social integration and community engagement
  • Building back for positive change – people will have developed skills
  • Becoming more resilient
  • Connections with nature – heritage will be in better condition
  • Environmental sustainability: increase positive environmental impacts and reduce negative environmental impacts

Outline Capital Works

Restoration and enhancement of built heritage

  • Repair retaining walls, gate pillars, gates and railings
  • Enhance cemetery boundary including new planting, fence and access to the Holy Trinity Churchyard
  • Main park entrance enhancements

Replacement of lost heritage features

  • Replacement / restored bandstand and amphitheatre feature
  • Improved park facilities
  • Services for new refreshment facility
  • Play area – comprehensive re-design and enhancement to offer a range of play value for all ages including children and young people with disabilities
  • Improved outdoor learning area

Creating and improving landscape, biodiversity and habitats

  • Reconfigure amphitheatre central space to make it an accessible focal point with covered canopy area and electric bike charging point
  • Comprehensive landscape enhancements respecting the park’s 1930s ‘municipal’ character, improved biodiversity including pollinator planting, wildflower meadow creation, enhanced wetland, new community orchard and growing areas and improved wildlife and habitat connectivity to adjacent green spaces and corridors
  • Biodiversity – linking benefits to surrounding gardens / area, creating a park Wildlife Hub for Kingswood
  • Tree planting and tree replacement programme

Improving access for a wider range of people

  • Missing link footpath to create full park circuit
  • Resurface all paths
  • New paths and implementing recommendations of Kingswood Park Access Plan
  • New disabled parking provision including levelling, resurfacing and electric charging point
  • ‘Changing Places’ toilet / changing facility

Other improvements

  • new recycling bins
  • new entrance and internal signage
  • new benches and seating
  • new community growing area in the Holy Trinity Churchyard
    • new community orchard
  • the environmental impacts of the park will be reduced and positive steps taken to adapt to the challenges of climate change.

Find out more

Read our Kingswood Park Plan as submitted with our development phase funding application.

Community Support

We would like to thank all the people who responded to the questionnaire, submitted comments and attended meetings through 2019-20 to help develop proposals for our Kingswood Park NLHF application. Your views and opinions have been used to shape the proposals for the park and the type of events and activities that will take place there.

In their assessment of our application, the National Lottery Heritage Fund Committee commented that our application was a strong and identified the following areas that should be explored during this next development stage of works:

  • ensure the mandatory outcome is addressed (A wider range of people will be involved in heritage);
  • demonstrate the learning during the development phase including the involvement of the Kingswood community and outcomes relating to health and wellbeing;
  • the integration of the project as part of the wider regeneration of the Kingswood should also be evidenced.

Next steps

We will now appoint a new Kingswood Park development project team to work up our park improvement proposals listed above over the coming months, working in partnership with the Friends of Kingswood Park and Kingswood Community.

The team will include a new Project Development Officer to manage the development of our Delivery Stage NLHF application and Activities Officer to develop our Activities and Training Plan for submission with our application.

A project steering group will be established and will include opportunities for beneficiaries groups representatives to attend and help shape our work.

Project updates will be posted here as / when the project develops.

How you can help

If you or your group already uses Kingswood Park, or you would like to make better use of the park in the future, or you have ideas for projects which will encourage people to enjoy the park more, please get in touch. We are keen to speak to as many groups and people as possible.

Our work will reflect the tremendous enthusiasm local people have to experience and care for Kingswood Park. We want to build on the successes of previous activities and events so more people can enjoy this wonderful park.

To get involved, or find out more about our National Lottery Heritage Funded project please contact the Community Spaces Place Improvements Team (Streetcare):

Email: CommunitySpaces@southglos.gov.uk

Call: 01454 868000

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