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Bristol Future Parks Community Conversations

Main picture: A walking tour on the Northern Slopes nature reserve in Knowle West.

Residents across Bristol – including Knowle West – are being invited to a series of events so they can get involved and improve their local green spaces. 

In June, Bristol City Council was awarded £1m by the National Trust, Heritage Fund and the Ministry for Housing and Local Government to look at how the city’s parks and green spaces could be run in the future.

The Bristol Future Parks Project is looking to find ways to protect and make these spaces better by creating partnerships with community groups and volunteers, sports clubs and local businesses.

Members of the Green Gym doing a litter pick on the Northern Slopes in Knowle West.

The council wants parks and green spaces to be “free to use, safe, welcoming, and accessible to everyone – including people with disabilities” as well as “places where people can improve their health and wellbeing”. 

But with budget cuts, it needs to find ways of raising revenue from the areas which can be invested back into the parks.

The first Community Conversations will be held in March where people can find out about getting involved and what is already happening in their area.

Residents living in Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill are invited to Knowle West Media Centre on 10 March from 6.30-8.30pm.

To book a place visit: or just turn up.

The council will also be launching a Future Parks website in the next few months for people to have their say about how they would like to take part.